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Performing Race: Native Americans and African Americans Within the Gardens

  • Naomi J. Stubbs
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Abstract

In 1857, John W. Francis described a performance by Native Americans at Vauxhall, New York, recalling that

amidst fireworks of dazzling efficacy… [the Osage Indians] yelled the war-whoop and danced the war-dance, while our learned Dr. Mitchell, often present on these occasions, translated their songs for the advancement of Indian literature, and enriched the journals with ethnological science concerning our primitive inhabitants.1

Keywords

National Identity AFRICAN AMERICANS American Heritage Free Black American Past 
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Notes

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