Waila as Transnational Practice

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joan Titus, Associate Professor of Musicology (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This chapter studies the development of waila as a local reinvention of traditions from Germany and Mexico among the Tohono O’odham from Arizona, putting in evidence transnational flows that have historically informed the everyday lives and social constructions of the diverse and often marginalized indigenous and local communities at the U.S.-Mexico border. As the author suggests, a study of the transnational history of waila supports the longstanding Tohono O’odham claim that, as cultural citizens from a transnational territory that has been crossed by the political U.S.-Mexico border, they should be granted the possibility to freely cross the border and travel through their land.

Additional Information

Transnational Encounters. Music and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border, edited by Alejandro Madrid, 149–167. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011
Language: English
Date: 2011
Waila, Tohono O’odham, transnationalism, cultural citizenship

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