Performing the Pilgrims

A Study of Ethnohistorical Role-Playing at Plimoth Plantation


Author: Stephen Eddy Snow,Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604731811

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 241

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A scholarly inquiry into how portrayals of the Pilgrims evolved from glorification to more accurate reconstruction of history through performance The various ways in which the Pilgrims have been represented over the past three hundred years reflect important changes in American culture. This study of a phenomenon at Plimoth Plantation reveals a pattern created by progressive cultural forces in the United States to establish historical accuracy. It traces the transformation in the styles of portraying the cultural history of one of America's earliest immigrant groups, the Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts. In the nineteenth century the Pilgrim story was romanticized in poetry and paintings. The purpose of such portrayals was glorification, not historical accuracy. After the fourth Thursday of every November was designated by President Lincoln as Thanksgiving Day, the Pilgrim image became ubiquitous in American popular culture. Those simple, hardworking settlers of one of America's first towns began to assume mythic proportions.This study of how the Pilgrims have been represented in American cultural life mainly focuses on the development of the performances in the Living Museum of Seventeenth Century Plymouth at Plimoth Plantation.After World War II a plan was devised to replicated the First Street of Plymouth. By the late 1950s Pilgrim houses were reconstructed, and mannequins depicted scenes of Pilgrim life. Docents, dressed in somewhat inauthentic period garb, described the historical significance of the tableaux. The cultural revolution of the 1960s brought also a revolution in the style of representing the Pilgrims. In an attempt to define the real Pilgrims, the idea of sainted ancestors was eradicated. James Deetz, an anthropologist from Harvard, established a new approach to ethnohistorical research. In portraying the Pilgrims in this era, reenactors made no attempt to glorify but instead to give earnest assessment of all ethnographic data available and to re-create an authentic Pilgrim. Deetz and his colleagues established a living museum in which history was no longer described and discussed, but, rather, reenacted.This book documents and analyzes the momentous shift in the style of representing the history at Plimoth Plantation. It closely examines the emergence of the first-person, role-playing re-creation that is based upon performing ethnography.An important work in the field of performance studies, it explores postmodern cultural forces at work in the late twentieth century. Stephen Snow, Ph.D., RDT-BCT, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University in Montreal. Most recently, he completed a three-year project (2005-2008) in Performance Ethnography with adults with developmental disabilities at Concordia's Centre for the Arts in Human Development, of which he is a Co-Founder.

Guide to Plymouth

And Recollections of the Pilgrims


Author: William Shaw Russell

Publisher: N.A


Category: Massachusetts

Page: 382

View: 9514

Akte X, Staffel 10 - Band 3: Pilgrims


Author: Joe Harris,Chris Carter

Publisher: dani books

ISBN: 3944077520

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 128

View: 7170

Die zehnte Staffel des Mysteryserien-Kulthits, exklusiv als Comic! Die Wüsten Saudi-Arabiens haben im Laufe der Jahre Pilger angelockt, Armeen verschlungen und mit ihren Ölfeldern einigen Menschen unvorstellbaren Reichtum eingebracht. Mulder und Scully bringt der ewige Treibsand des Mittleren Ostens hingegen ausschließlich Ärger ein. Denn eine unheilvolle Substanz, die bei Bohrarbeiten freigesetzt wird, ist nicht die einzige Gefahr, mit der sie es plötzlich zu tun bekommen. Der Band enthält die Season-10-Einzelhefte 11 bis 15.



Author: Diane Ney

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing

ISBN: 9781583423608

Category: American drama (Comedy)

Page: 32

View: 5020

Stories of the Pilgrims


Author: Margaret Humphrey

Publisher: Christian Liberty Press

ISBN: 9781932971019

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 415

"Whether used as a read-to book or as a reader, Stories of the Pilgrims brings history alive so children can experience the day-to-day lifestyles of our Pilgrim forefathers ..."--Cover back.

The England and Holland of the Pilgrims


Author: Henry Martyn Dexter,Morton Dexter

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Com

ISBN: 0806307943

Category: Reference

Page: 673

View: 6984

Comprised of six books, this work constitutes an encyclopedic history of Pilgrim affairs in England and Holland, a systematic examination of every facet of Pilgrim life from the shaping of the Protestant conscience, to the history of the Separatists, to summaries and particulars of those who set out to America. of inestimable value to the researcher is the appendicized register of all those in the Pilgrim company who resided in Holland up to the end of the 17th century, some of whom may never have voyaged to America. The entries, typically, give place of origin, occupation, names of wives (with dates of betrothal), references to contemporary Dutch records, and a variety of incidental matter-in all, a successful attempt at enumerating the whole company of Pilgrims in Holland.

The Arrival of the Pilgrims


Author: John Franklin Jameson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony)

Page: 40

View: 8127


New World Settlers & the Call of Home


Author: Susan Hardman Moore

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300117189

Category: History

Page: 316

View: 8213

This book uncovers what might seem to be a dark side of the American dream: the New World from the viewpoint of those who decided not to stay. At the core of the volume are the life histories of people who left New England during the British Civil Wars and Interregnum, 1640–1660. More than a third of the ministers who had stirred up emigration from England deserted their flocks to return home. The colonists’ stories challenge our perceptions of early settlement and the religious ideal of New England as a "City on a Hill." America was a stage in their journey, not an end in itself. Susan Hardman Moore first explores the motives for migration to New England in the 1630s and the rhetoric that surrounded it. Then, drawing on extensive original research into the lives of hundreds of migrants, she outlines the complex reasons that spurred many to brave the Atlantic again, homeward bound. Her book ends with the fortunes of colonists back home and looks at the impact of their American experience. Of exceptional value to studies of the connections between the Old and New Worlds, Pilgrims contributes to debates about the nature of the New England experiment and its significance for the tumults of revolutionary England.

Sixteen hundred lines to Pilgrims


Author: National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims

Publisher: N.A


Category: Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony)

Page: 1035

View: 8533

Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colony 1636


Author: Paul Erickson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395988411

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 6772

Outlines the origins and purpose of the New Plymouth Colony, and details the home life, labor, material conditions, and other aspects of life for a typical family sixteen years after the colony was established.

Chaucer's Pilgrims

An Historical Guide to the Pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales


Author: Laura C. Lambdin,Robert T. Lambdin

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275966294

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 398

View: 8077

Provides a detailed historical description of the occupations of each of the pilgrims in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," with each entry placing their vocation in historical context and discussing the daily routine of the pilgrim's occupation.


A Lake Wobegon Romance


Author: Garrison Keillor

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101144947

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 8128

Lake Wobegon goes to Italy in Garrison Keillor's latest Twelve Wobegonians fly to Rome to decorate a war hero's grave, led by Marjorie Krebsbach, with radio host Gary Keillor along for the ride. The pilgrimage is inspired by a phone call from an Italian woman seeking her Lake Wobegon roots and by a memoir O Paradiso by a farm wife who found the secret of life and love in Italy. And by marjorie's longing to win back the love of her husband Carl. Far from home, sitting in the rain in the Piazza Navona, the pilgrims talks about themselves, as they never could do in the Chatterbox Café. "You're not going to write about this, I hope," says Irene Bunsen. "Of course I am. I invented this town," says Mr. Keillor. "Oh my, aren't you something," she replies.

Mayflower Pilgrims


Author: Edmund Carpenter

Publisher: Christian Liberty Press

ISBN: 9781930092174

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 250

View: 2860

Writers and Pilgrims

Medieval Pilgrimage Narratives and Their Posterity


Author: Donald Roy Howard

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520039261

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 133

View: 1152

Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece


Author: Matthew Dillon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135099804

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 3995

This volume explores the religious motivations for pilgrimage and reveals the main preoccupations of worshippers in Ancient Greece. Dillon examines the main sanctuaries of Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia, as well as the less well-known oracle of Didyma in Asia Minor and the festivals at the Isthmus of Corinth. He discusses the modes of travel to the sites, means of communication between pilgrims and the religious and ritual practices at the sanctuaries themselves. A unique insight into pilgrimage in Ancient Greece is presented, focusing on the diverse aspects of pilgrimage; the role of women and children, the religious festivals of particular ethnic groups and the colourful celebrations involving music, athletics and equestrian events. Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece is an accessible and fascinating volume, which reveals how the concept of pilgrimage contributes to Greek religion as a whole.