Living Legends (BYU)

Living Legends, originally the Lamanite Generation, is a song and dance performing group at Brigham Young University made up of performers of Native American, Polynesian and Hispanic or Latino origin. They perform dances that originate in these cultures as well.[1] Living Legends was formed in 1971 by Janie Thompson.

HistoryEdit

Living Legends originally started as the Lamanite Generation which was an all Native American performing group organized by Janie Thompson. The organization was first formed in 1971 and their first tour was across Indian reservations. They toured the Eastern United States in 1974 and they toured in Central and South American the following year.[2]:160 Thompson stated that the 1975 tour was, "the most significant tour in [her] entire career", because it impacted and influenced Native Americans south of the United States.[2]:373 Living Legends has performed around the world including China and the 1992 International Expo in Seville, Spain.[3][4][5]

In the 1970s, the group was noted for its closing song at most performances "Go My Son", written by Arliene Nofchissey and Carnes Burson.[6][7] The song encourages Native Americans to receive an education.[7] This idea comes from the Navajo Chief Manuelito who urged Native Americans to obtain an education. Native communities did not always see this message from the Laminate generation positively.[8]

The transition to its current name was a long drawn out process. For example, in 1991 they still were using the name "Lamanite Generation" but performed a program entitled "Living Legends".[9] Professor and historian Jared Farmer considers that BYU may have changed the name of the group to "Living Legends" to avoid racism associated with the word "Lamanite".[7]

Tour historyEdit

This tour history begins in 1971 and ends in 2016.[10]

RecordingEdit

  • Go My Son (album)[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lamanite Generation". Clovis News-Journal. May 14, 1976. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Wilkinson, Ernest L.; Arrington, Leonard J.; Hafen, Bruce C., eds. (1976). Brigham Young University: The First Hundred Years (4 ed.). Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press. ISBN 978-0842507080. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Hudman, Lloyd E. (1990). "Student International Travel". Tourism Recreational Research. 15 (2): 43. doi:10.1080/02508281.1990.11014583.
  4. ^ Oaks, Dallin H. (1991). Getting to Know China (PDF). Brigham Young University Speeches. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Winters, Charlene (August 2, 1992). "BYU's 'Living Legends' spotlight the Americas". The Daily Herald. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ McAllester, David P. (Fall 1981). "New Perspectives in Native American Music". Perspectives of New Music. 20 (1/2): 439. doi:10.2307/942422. JSTOR 942422.
  7. ^ a b c Farmer, Jared (2008). On Zion's Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American landscape. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. pp. 368–369. ISBN 9780674027671. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Garrett, Matthew (October 29, 2018). "Disentangling binaries and the rise of Lamanite studies". Religion Compass. 12 (11): e12289. doi:10.1111/rec3.12289.
  9. ^ "Lamanite Generation to Perform 'Living Legends'". Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. January 6, 1991. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Living Legends Tour History 2016-2017" (PDF). Performing Arts Management. Brigham Young University. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Owusu, Leslie (October 20, 2017). "Living Legends Visits Nine States During Spring Tour". Department of Dance. Brigham Young University. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Living Legends to perform at Adams State". Alamosa News. January 27, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Living Legends Tours Germany and Switzerland". Brigham Young University. College of Fine Arts and Communications. August 23, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Upcoming Shows". Performing Arts Management. Brigham Young University. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[dead link]
  15. ^ "Go My Son [CD]- BYU Living Legends". BYU Music Store. Brigham Young University. Retrieved March 13, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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