Dancers of Damelahamid, in partnership with the Museum of Anthropology, present 10th annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (Feb 28-Mar 5). A celebration of indigenous stories, the festival brings together artists in a showcase of diverse cultural traditions.
Here are five reasons you should check it out:
1. Anniversary Season
This silver anniversary festival recognizes the 50 years of indigenous dance revitalization made possible through the work of Vancouver’s Dancers of Damelahamid.
Making its Vancouver debut, Eastern Owl is an all-women drum group and marks the festival’s first-ever Pacific Islander artist from Hawai’i.
3. Global Offerings
The 10th annual festival welcomes artists from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Maritimes, Yukon, Alaska, Hawai’i and New Zealand.
4. Local Talent
Among the local talent at this year’s festival are Sto:lo youth dance troupe, the Semoya Dancers from Chilliwack, and modern Métis jigging and square dance works from Vancouver’s own Compaigni V’ni Dansi.
5. New Works
Vancouver’s Dancers of Damelahamid will premiere their new work Interweavings. Evoking stirring imagery of canoes banding together, and whales joining voices, Interweavings is a tribute to the festival’s legacy of keeping generations tied and their traditions alive.