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6 January 2015

Social change mirrored in Baka dance and movement: Observations from the River Ivindo in Gabon in 2011

Publication: Hunter Gatherer Research
Volume 1, Number 1

Abstract

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.

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Hunter Gatherer Research
Volume 1Number 1June 2015
Pages: 61 - 83

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Published online: 6 January 2015
Published in print: June 2015

Keywords

  1. Baka
  2. dance
  3. social change
  4. egalitarian movement
  5. Gabon

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Doerte Weig [email protected]
Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne, Germany [email protected], [email protected]

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