Use of the body to communicate and tell stories – The National Museum of the American Indian in New York

The National Museum of the American Indian in New YorkOctober 6, 2012–October 8, 2017
The National Museum of the American Indian in New York

Consistent across time and cultures is the use of the body to communicate and express—to tell stories, participate in the cycles of nature, mourn, pray, and celebrate. Throughout the Americas music and dance have always been an essential part of the spiritual, cultural, and social lives of Native peoples.

Introduction The ancient Maya maize god was a god of dance. In the exquisite, first century BC murals at San Bartolo, Guatemala, the maize god is depicted emerging into the world, dancing and playing a turtle shell drum worn on his chest. After his mythic journey to the underworld, the maize god dances back to life between the rain spirit, Chahk, and the spirit of standing water. More information and images >>

Source: Circle of Dance – October 6, 2012 through October 8, 2017 – The National Museum of the American Indian in New York
Address : http://nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/circleofdance/
Date Visited: Mon Dec 10 2012 19:14:13 GMT+0100 (CET)

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