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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
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Sport, Indigeneity and Globalization [Commission on the Anthropology on Sports]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 29 Aug 11:00 - 12:45


Room 2.100

In 2010, the Haudenosaunee national lacrosse team was not allowed to enter the United Kingdom with their Haudenosaunee passports to participate in the World Fieldlacrosse Championship. This denial brought media interest to the role of sports for Indigenous societies, issues of sovereignty and international sport solidarity. During the last decades, Indigenous peoples have had a significant impact on the shape of global sport – Maori and other Polynesian players have influenced the rugby world and Samoan players – American football (Horton 2012, Uperesa and Mountjoy 2014). Although games of Indigenous peoples have been described by scholars since the founding of anthropology in the 19th century (Mooney 1890, Culin 1907), the role of sports for Indigenous societies has become ever more visible today due to the growing global forces impacting it. Relatively recently, both the local and transnational contexts of Indigenous sports have become the subjects of an increased interest of scholars (c.f. Hallinan and Judd 2013 for general context; Downey 2018; Forsyth and Giles 2013 for Native Americans; Foster 2006; Leach and Kildea 1976 for Trobriand Islanders; Light and Evans JR 2018; Tatz and Adair 2009; for Australian Aboriginal peoples; Krasilnikov 2015 for Khanty). This panel invites submissions from scholars who are concerned with any form of anthropological and ethnological research dealing with various forms of indigenization and glocalization of sport, sportization of Indigenous games, the role of sports in ethnoemancipation, representation, impacts of world sport events on local Indigenous societies and transnational global Indigenous identity.


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    • Dr. Savelkova, Livia (University of Pardubice)
    • Dr. Kruk-Buchowska, Zuzanna (Adam Mickiewicz University)

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Haskell Indian Nations University was created as a boarding school for Native American children and gradually transformed from an institution aimed at forcefully assimilating Indigenous children into American society, to one promoting Indigenous sovereignty. As an inter-tribal university, it helps Native students cushion the blow resulting from moving from the reservation to off-reservation commun ... More
Presented by Dr. Zuzanna KRUK-BUCHOWSKA on 29/8/2019 at 11:00
Lacrosse, known generally as a stickball “game“ with its origin in North America, has been an important component in the lives of many Native Americans. Although the game was appropriated by Euro-Americans, became a tool of Canadian nation building as well as a tool of Native American assimilation in the 19th century, and became increasingly sporticized, lacrosse has remained an important elem ... More
Presented by Dr. Livia SAVELKOVA on 29/8/2019 at 12:00
The foundation in the 1948 of an army football team, which later became famous as the Dukla Prague, was not only the first step to introduce the Soviet methods and style into the Czechoslovak sport, but also an attempt to reshape the allegiancies of Czechoslovak fans. It meant a step towards the further profesionalization of the Czech football as well. Dukla got a good fame in the early 1960's. Pa ... More
Presented by Dr. Radek BUBEN on 29/8/2019 at 11:20
The contribution deals with the history of Mesoamerican ballgame - one of the typical elements of Mesoamerican culture area. First, it presents a set of its representative traits. Furthermore, it explains its social functions putting the emphasis on its ritualized form, since the Mesoamerican ballgame represents, in the first place, a standardized religious behavior related to the Mesoamerican cos ... More
Presented by Dr. Monika BRENIŠÍNOVÁ on 29/8/2019 at 11:40
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