Cama-i Dance Festival

by Chris Ho on December 26, 2010

Indigenous and ethnic dancers from around the world join Native dancers from across Alaska each spring in the lower Kuskokwim River community of Bethel for three days of dance, song and celebration during the annual Cama-i Dance Festival. Each program listed below features selected highlights from the festival.

Cama-i Dance Festival 2010
104 Minutes
Performers include the Bethel Traditional Dancers, Bethel High School Warriors Dancers, St. Mary’s Dancers, Tomodachi Daiko Taiko Drummers, Chevak Dancers, Mt. Edgecumbe High School Dancers, Marshall Dancers, Scammon Bay Dancers, Ingrumiut Dancers of Anchorage, Static Elementz Break Dancers, Upallret Dancers of Bethel.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Dance Festival 2005
60 Minutes
Performers include the Yurartet YKD Dancers, The Akiuk Kasigluk High School Dancers, The Kuskokwim Campus Dancers from Bethel, The Kaluiarmiut Dancers from Nelson Island and Bethel, the Upallret Dancers of Bethel, The Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers from Anchorage, The Chevak Dancers, Mountain Village Dancers, Scammon Bay Dancers featuring Marianne Sundown, the Nunam Iqua Dancers and the Little Diomede Island Dancers.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Dance Festival 2004
60 Minutes
Featured groups include the Tuluksak Dancers, Nuniwarmiut Kassiyurtait of Mekoryuk, Nunivak Island, Suurimmaanitchuat of Barrow, The Thunder Bear Drum and Dance Group and a performance by the singing group Pamyua.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Dance Festival 2003
60 Minutes
Featured groups include the Negeqlirmiut St. Mary’s Dancers, Caputnguarniut Tuarartait Chefornak Dancers, Emmonak Eskimo Dancers, Nanwalek Dancers, Toksook Day Traditional Dancers, Shasta Taiko Durmmers and a special Heart of the Drum performance featuring drummers from all the performing groups.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Dance Festival 2002
60 Minutes
Released in 2003
Featured groups include the Bethel Traditional Dancers, Tuluksak Dancers, Maharlika Filipino Dancers, Northern Lights Dancers of Kotzebue, Hooper Bay Dancers, Newtok Dancers, Imarrpigmiut Dancers of Togiak and the Upallret Dancers of Bethel.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Dance Festival 2001
60 minutes
Released in 2002
Featured groups include the Bethel Traditional Dancers, White Mountain Apache Spiritcrown Dancers, Kicaput Yup’ik dancers of Anchorage, Alaska, Tikigak Traditional Dancers of Point Hope, Alaska, King Island Dancers of Nome, Alaska, Bethel Alternative Boarding School (BABS) Dancers, Ohana of Paradise Hawaiian Dancers of Anchorage, Alaska, Pumyua and the Pilot Station Dancers of Pilot Station, Alaska.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Dance Festival -First Dance 2000
60 Minutes
Released in 2001
Featured groups are Bethel Traditional Dancers, Kotlik Dancers, Marayaarmiut of Scammon Bay, Seh Uaquit, Pamyua, Stanford Steppers, 4th Generation Tsimpshean Dancers, Metlakatla, Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat, Chevak Mask Dancers, Atxam Taligisniikangis, Unagan Dancers of Atka.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Delta Dancers I 1997
90 Minutes
This videotape features some of the local dance groups from Scammon Bay, Chevak Dancers, the Bethel Native Dancers, Tununak Dancers, Emmonak Dancers, Upallret and Pamyua.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Delta Dancers II 1997
80 Minutes
Features dance groups from the Y-K Delta.  Included are Napaskiak Dancers, Iqugmiut Dancers, Russian Mission, Toksook Bay Dancers, the Bethel High School Dancers, the Kilbuck School Dancers and the M.E. School Dancers.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i International 1997
90 Minutes
Cama-i International takes a look at the performers who are not from the Y-K Delta.  Included are Bethel Korean Dancers, the Capoeiara Dancers from Bahia, Brazil, Dancers from the Crow Nation, the Atka, Alaska Dancers, the Okikari Basque Dancers and the Shasta Taiko Drummers.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i: Behind the Mask 1997
30 Minutes
This program gives viewers a behind the scenes look at the Cama-i Festival, illustrating the hard work of the crew to put on such an event and an off stage glimpse of the performers.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Festival 1996
90 Minutes
Highlighted groups are Pamyua, Bethel Traditional Dancers, St. Lawrence Island Dancers, Acoma Inter-Cultural Dancers, Akula-Kasigluk Dancers, KUC Dancers, Toksook Bay Dancers, Upallret Dancers and the Nightmute Dancers.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Festival 1995
90 Minutes
Featured groups are Stebbins Dancers, Indian Hoop Dancer, Canadian Throat Dancers, Korean “Ye Mu Ri Dancers”, Hawaiian “Hui ‘O Kaeoklani”, KUC Dancers, and dance groups from Atmauthluak, Hooper Bay and Scammon Bay.  ***The opening and closing sequences of this program were edited in black and white with both the picture and sound recorded at slower than normal speed.  This was done intentionally for artistic purposes and is not a defect. ***
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Festival 1994
90 Minutes
Highlighted groups are the Bethel Native Dancers, Nunapitchuk Dancers, Marshall Dancers, Mrs. Aguchak & Mrs. Sundown of Scammon Bay, Wallalapum Indian Dancers, Kotlik Dancers, Akiuk School Dancers, Ergiron Chukchi Dancers from Anadyr, Russia, the Stebbins Dancers, Nunamta, Upallret and Dancers from Mountain Village.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Festival 1993
60 minutes
Featured dancers include dancers from Stebbins, Emmonak, Hooper Bay, the Bethel Native Dancers and special appearances by the Koshare Indian Dancers from Colorado, the King Island Dancers of Nome and the White Sail Dancers of Laverencia from Chukotka, Russia.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Festival Highlights 1991-1992
60 Minutes
Featured groups are The Bethel Native Dancers, the Kasigluk Akula Dancers, the Haines Gei-Sun Dancers, the Kilbuck School Dancers, the Tununak Dancers, the Chevak Dancers, the Kuskokwim College Dancers and the Anchorage Inter-Tribal Pow Wow.
English $20 (DVD)

Cama-i Festival Highlights 1991-1992
60 Minutes
Featured groups are The Bethel Native Dancers, the Kasigluk Akula Dancers, the Haines Gei-Sun Dancers, the Kilbuck School Dancers, the Tununak Dancers, the Chevak Dancers, the Kuskokwim College Dancers and the Anchorage Inter-Tribal Pow Wow.
English $20 (DVD)

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