The People Have Never Stopped Dancing: Native American Modern Dance Histories
- Murphy Shea
- The People Have Never Stopped Dancing: Native…
On January 29, 1778, three days after the First Fleet carrying British sailors and convicts landed in Port Jackson, Sydney Cove, to a place that became the first white settlement in Australia, the sailors met indigenous inhabitants of this country on the beach. In the words of one Lieutenant Bradley, this first-contact event began auspiciously when "all hands danced together." It is the embodied conditions of this event and their rewriting as history that concerns me in this paper.