MaryAnn Sundown has been a Cama-i favorite for years. At 92, she still wows the crowd. Here’s a little of the sweet lady from Scammon Bay with Upallret and Scammon Bay as well as a cameo appearance with Hooper Bay. Enjoy!
The Upallret Dance group formed in 1993. Yur’aq is a sober cultural activity- support and teaching young people to be sober and proud of their culture. This year Upallret combined with Scammon Bay Dancers to double the fun! And to top it off, they bring crowd favorite, Queen of Cama-i Mary Ann Sundown to the stage.
Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim Tsimshian Dancers is a mult-generational dance group formed in Anchorage in 2005. Their youngest member is 22 months and the eldest won’t share how old he is. They have traveled far and wide to share their culture in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and in Alaska in Metlakatla, Juneau, Fairbanks, Palmer, and Bethel. We strive to be an outlet of the Tsimshian culture through songs, dances, and their hand carved masks. The group is lead by Marcella Foster and elder leader Theo Bayou from Metlakatla.
Our Dance group is very excited to be performing her at Cama-i. We’ve been practicing and performing for 2 years. In the past there have been dance groups from our village, but they were not able to continue. Our village dance group has been dormant for many years and now is returning to the village per the request of the young people. Songs that we perform are compiled by the group after consultation with Ossie Kairaiuak and John Pingayak.