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