Dancers of Damelahamid: A Living Tradition of the Gitxsan Nation

By Julye Huggins
Celebrating Multiculturalism March 16, 2012 Part 1

Coming up July 22nd on Granville Island, the All Over the Map performance series by Vancouver-based presenter New Works will be featuring the Dancers of Damelahamid. This professional aboriginal dance company of the Gitxsan nation hails from the northwest coast of British Columbia. Called the “people of the river of mist”, the Gitxsan are among a group of coastal indigenous cultures that carry a distinctive button blanket regalia and a tradition of masked dance. As noted on the dancers’ website: “through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks and elaborate regalia the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space, and bridge the ancient with a living tradition.”This video with host Johanna Ward of The Express (starting at 4min 30sec) touches on the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, which is produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid in partnership with the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology.In August, the Dancers of Damelahamid head to Toronto to perform Spirit Transforming at the Planet IndigenUS Festival, followed by the Canadian National Exhibition.
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