There are a couple of common denominators with each passing Cama-i Festival. One is Linda Curda who you see from time to time and keeps us all in line. But one guy, has been in the background making things happen and improving the event we have come to know and love– Pat DeSmet. Pat has been the driving force for lights and sound. The event we see today is far different than the one from when Pat started working with Cama-i in the middle 1980’s. Folks, that’s almost 30 years!! We offer our sincere gratitude for a job well done and hope to see him each year. We stop to thank him now though, as it is definitely time. We couldn’t have done it without you!!
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.