Negotiating Identities and Other Challenges
Summarizing the vast changes across the Russian Federation that left their mark on olonkho performance practice, this chapter focuses on a few of the factors that have played a large role in the widespread view of olonkho as a national ideal rather than for its entertainment value. Topics include negotiations of cultural, religious, and political identity, along with related issues of nostalgia, festivals, and postcolonial and neocolonial tensions with the Center. Chapter 6 also examines lessons learned from the revitalization of two other Asian epic traditions, the Kyrgyz Manas and Korean p’ansori, then outlines some conclusions regarding common challenges of revitalizing living (improvisational) epic traditions.
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