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  • Title: Off The Beaten Path: Skin, Stone, Positive
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:50:00
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1990
  • Location: Performed at The American Indian Community House, New York City.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Gloria Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock), Muriel Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock), Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago), Nic Billey (Choctaw/Creek), Elvira Colorado (Otomi/Chichimec), Hortencia Colorado (Otomi)
  • Credits: American Indian Community House, producer ; Off the Beaten Path (Native theater ensemble), producer, creator

Off The Beaten Path: Skin, Stone, Positive

Skin, Stone, Positive, created by Off the Beaten Path, presents historical and contemporary Native American creation and survival tales. The piece was inspired by Native peoples attempts to get their ancestor's remains "repatriated" from Institutional collections located throughout the country and reports on the close to 25,000 human remains that were studied and stored in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Native American Graves and Protection Act, which protects existing burial grounds and provides for the repatriation of remains and funerary objects from collections in museums and universities to their proper cultural homes was not signed into law until 1990. Off The Beaten Path was an ensemble of American Indian actors that was formed in 1984 to promote Native American Theater. They produced both traditional and contemporary works by Native American playwrights. The Theater troupe disbanded in the 1990's so the artists could pursue individual projects.