Introduction (Critical Survey of Drama, Second Revised Edition)
Native American drama is both contemporary and lost in time, readily accessible and nearly irretrievable, familiar in form and uncharted in contour. This double aspect of what can be considered the drama of Native Americans comes from two separate bodies of work: one, an ethnic drama that flourished in the last three decades of the twentieth century and continues to flourish; the other, a living art form tied to religion, ritual, and dance that began to perish at the end of the nineteenth century with the increasing removal of Indian peoples to reservations and that is now all but lost as a vibrant form.
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