Hybridity in Transition
In 1923 a paper was written to describe the traditional Hopi ceremonial ways. The phrase “hybridity in transition” was a descriptor of their process. This was a time when many aspects of Indigenous traditions including language, were illegal or prohibited in many ways. This paper and performance explores the evolution of pseudo-traditional performance practices over the past century. How can a culture maintain its core-values and essence, explicitly or embedded within new forms of presenting and representing its identity and authentic voice? Using empirical evidence, we journey through the transition from an art form a child participates in, the lifelong dancer, and to the artist-educator in order to justify creative modifications to traditions. How can cultural traditions be maintained and celebrated during times of suppression? How and why is tradition important to each generation as it faces major social influences? What is the value and power of collaborative work between tradition and modernity? How can an Indigenous culture explore, decolonize and empower its future thorough performance?