The Dynamism of Traditional Dance in Mukdahan Province

Peerapong Sensai, Wutthipong Roadkhasemsri, Akom Sangiemwiboon

Abstract


This four-year research project examines the modern conditions of traditional dance and its adaptation as a means of conserving and transmitting Northeastern Thai heritage. Document analysis, observation and interviews with the people of Mukdahan found that government policies have supported traditional dance performance since the 1980s. Provincial policy to harness the indigenous culture of eight native ethnic groups has led to the incorporation of the ancient Phu-Tai ritual dance, the Yao, in an adapted form at state sponsored cultural exhibitions, such as the Makham Wan Sai Kong ethnic group festival. The dance is supported by the provincial curriculum and tourist agencies. This paper introduces The 7 in theory to show how traditional dance has been influenced by society and remains an integral part of local culture.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/ach.v6n2p106

Asian Culture and History   ISSN 1916-9655(Print)   ISSN 1916-9663 (Online)

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