Arndt publishes new book on changing significance of powwows in Ho-Chunk identity and culture


Grant Arndt, associate professor of anthropology and American Indian Studies, recently published a new book, Ho-Chunk Powwows and the Politics of Tradition, published by the University of Nebraska Press.

In Ho-Chunk Powwows and the Politics of Tradition, Arndt shows that over the past two centuries the dynamism of powwows within Ho-Chunk life has changed greatly, as has the balance of tradition and modernity within community life. His book is a groundbreaking study of powwow culture that investigates how the Ho-Chunk people create cultural value through their public ceremonial performances, the significance that dance culture provides for the acquisition of power and recognition inside and outside their communities, and how the Ho-Chunk people generate concepts of the self and their society through dancing.

Read more, or purchase the book, here.