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The story of dance in the Western world is as much an alternative vision of the events of history as is the folk history told for generations by primal people.
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We often take for granted the notion that some people are insiders, while others are outsiders. But such a notion is a social contrivance, that, like virtually every public construct, is a legacy of a primordial and tribal mentality.

— Jamake Highwater

The nobility danced for the sake of social grace, to exhibit their finery ... peasants danced to make themselves happy, to escape the routine of their life, and to meet their future wives and husbands.

— Jamake Highwater

Dance in this century has remained primarily a personal ritual operating, like most avant-garde art, as an idiosyncratic form rather than a tribal expression of religious powers or a corporate expression of societal values.

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Among the language of the American Indians, there is no word for 'art' ... For Indians, everything is art ... therefore needs no name.

— Jamake Highwater

We've reached a point where we are not a very empathetic people, and art without empathy is art without an audience. My basic viewpoint is that without art we're alone.

— Jamake Highwater

Art doesn't want to be familiar. It wants to astonish us. Or, in some cases, to enrage us. It wants to move us. To touch us. Not accommodate us, make us comfortable.

— Jamake Highwater

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