2014 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival Program

March 7-9 at the Museum of Anthropology

A celebration of the stories, songs and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America. The festival presents the rich cultural traditions practiced by dance groups from British Columbia, the Yukon, Alaska and Washington State as well as guest international artists and demonstrates that these traditions are very much alive, vibrant and relevant today.

Dancers of Damelahamid are a professional Aboriginal dance company from the northwest coast of British Columbia.  the Gitxsan, “people of the river of mists” are part of the coastal group of cultures that have the distinctive button blanket regalia.  their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and time depth of the many beautiful indigenous cultures across Canada.  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 with a living tradition.