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The dance style is not one specific to Canada; for dance’s sake it is important to recognize that “the style is a regional identity.” A dance’s characteristics will be influenced by the cultural traditions of individuals who practice the technique. For the sake of simplicity, this article focuses on the basic characteristics of traditional dancing in Canada.
“There is no cultural identity defined as the characteristic of dancing or as something that constitutes the essence of the cultural community.” (A. E. Smith, “The Historical Development of Aboriginal Dance”, in M. T. D. Brown, R. T. Bickford, and R. W. J. Martin (eds.), The Australian Aboriginal Languages: Vol I (AAPL-ACRL), Australian National University Press, Melbourne, 1993).
Dance is an act of the body. Dancing is a body’s “energy.” A dance will “involve the act of moving one’s body in an embodied manner.” In other words, dancers “move through space and the body of the dance becomes part of that moving space.” Therefore, dancing is a bodily activity: it involves the movement of the body. Therefore, “dancing is a specific practice, and it may be more appropriate to consider it as a distinctively Aboriginal activity.” (Smith, “The Historical Development of Aboriginal Dance”). Because of this, traditional dance has a distinctiveness unlike many other indigenous dance styles, such as “Indian dancing” which has become dominant in recent times. In other words, traditional dance is unique.
“It is not in itself an identity, but rather the style and the manner in which it has been practiced.” (D. C. Anderson-Smith, “Native dances and Aboriginal dance”, JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, v.3, 1991).
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The dance style that we will be exploring here is “Canadian Aboriginal Dance,” which is a distinct dance style from the American American dance style. The two traditions are not identical: it is clear from the dance’s lyrics that it is an evolution of American “Indian” traditions. Canadian artists were forced to take their traditions and their dance very seriously, because it was considered to be a very important part of their culture and identity. This was especially true for dancers, because their role was to convey cultural meanings:
“When the Aboriginal dancer is a performer, it has become clear that the performer is not always required to maintain a traditional appearance, and may be given more discretion to appear as an individual with