Dancing the Land

Spirit and Tradition

Dancers of Damelahamid

Spirit and Tradition is presented as a short site-specific work at salalus and xwesam, Shíshálh territory. Spirit and Tradition’s key themes are reciprocity and ecological sustainability, conveying important cultural teachings on balance, interconnectedness, and community. The Dancers of Damelahamid layer Northwest Coast design, soundscape, and Coastal masked dance, with the rich and diverse ecosystem of the Coastal mountains, forests, and oceans.

The Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia with a rich history of masked dance that inspires a compelling performance. The Dancers of Damelahamid has produced the annual Coastal Dance Festival since 2008. Their full-length works include Setting the Path (2004), Sharing the Spirit (2007) and Visitors Who Never Left (2009). Newly created works include Spirit Transforming (2012), In Abundance (2014), Flicker (2016), and Mînowin (2019).

The Dancers of Damelahamid acknowledge the traditional territory of the Shíshálh peoples upon whose lands we have created this work. 


Artistic Director and Choreographer: Margaret Grenier 

Performers: Nigel Baker-Grenier, Rebecca Baker-Grenier, Margaret Grenier, Raven Grenier, Skweltapis Ned 
Youth Performers: Mixk’aax Baker-Grenier, Pisim-Mohtew Baker-Grenier 
Regalia: Rebecca Baker-Grenier, Andrew Grenier, Margaret Grenier 
Carvers: David R. Boxley, Jim Charlie, Cori Savard 
Songs: Andrew Grenier, Margaret Grenier 

Sound Design: Ted Hamilton 
Videography: Andrew Grenier