Social change mirrored in Baka dance and movement


This article discusses different dances and structured human movements
of the Baka living along the River Ivindo in north-eastern Gabon. Baka dancing in this
region takes place in diverse ritual and social contexts. Movement theory and attention
to body are used to show that dance analysis can provide a window on the challenges
the Baka groups are experiencing to their egalitarian social organisation. The article
addresses in particular how new technical influences are challenging long-standing
movement values and ritualised male-female interaction of an egalitarian society. Social
change is conceptualised from a perspective which gives primacy to human movement
rather than material or environmental facts.


Weig, D. (2015): Social change mirrored in Baka dance and movement. – In: Hunter Gatherer Research, DOI: doi:10.3828/hgr.2015.4

Authors Weig, Doerte
Type article
Title Social change mirrored in Baka dance and movement
DOI doi:10.3828/hgr.2015.4
Journal Hunter Gatherer Research
Year 2015
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