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<i>Waila</i> as Transnational Practice

Joan Titus

in Transnational Encounters

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735921
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735921.003.0008
                      Waila as Transnational Practice

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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.

Keywords: Waila; Tohono O’odham; transnationalism; cultural citizenship

Chapter.  8821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology ; American Music

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