Dr. Halifu Osumare, Dunham scholar and former Director of The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification, situates Katherine Dunham as an African American choreographer in the pre-Civil Rights colonial era in this short lecture.
For further introductory reading, see:
- Clark, VèVè A. and Sara E. Johnson, eds. Kaiso!: Writings By and About Katherine Dunham. Madison: Wisconsin Press, 2005.
- Das, Joanna Dee. “Katherine Dunham (1909-2006).” 100 Dance Treasures, Dance Heritage Coalition. 2012.
Katherine Dunham, in her own words:
- “Katherine Dunham on her influence on American dance.” Library of Congress.  n.d.
- “Katherine Dunham on Overcoming 1940s Racism │Jacob's Pillow Dance.” YouTube.  2011.
We use materials from so many archives for Dunham’s Data, but these are three key collections:
- Katherine Dunham Papers (1906-2009) at Southern Illinois University
- The Katherine Dunham Collection at The Library of Congress
- Katherine Dunham Collection at Missouri Historical Society
For more information on Katherine Dunham’s living legacy and training in the Dunham Technique, check out:
The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the legacy of dancer/choreographer/anthropologist Katherine Dunham (1909-2006). They offer ongoing training in Dunham Technique and certify the next generation of Dunham Technique teachers.