Spirit and Tradition
Dancers of Damelahamid
Spirit and Tradition layers projected imagery, soundscape, and Coastal Indigenous masked dance, immersing the audience into the rich and diverse ecosystem of the mountains, rivers, and ocean of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada. Spirit and Tradition’s key themes are reciprocity and ecological sustainability, conveying important teachings on balance, interconnectedness, and community.
Spirit and Tradition has toured to the (2010) World Expo, Shanghai, China, the International Festival de Danzas, Cusco, Peru (2011), the Festival internacional de danza folklorica, Ambato, Ecuador (2014), the (2015) Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, the 2019 ASIA Pacific Festival, Hawaii, the 2019 Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh, UK, Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE (2021), and the 2022 Vancouver International Children’s Festival.
In honour of Elder Margaret Harris whose wealth of knowledge and wisdom continues to be invaluable in guiding our family.
Elders Elder Margaret Harris (1931-2020)
Elder Betsy Lomax
Cultural Consultants David Boxley
Artistic Director and Choreographer Margaret Grenier
Performers Nigel Baker-Grenier
Youth Performers Mixk’aax Baker-Grenier
Regalia Rebecca Baker-Grenier
Carvers Jim Charlie
Songs Andrew Grenier
Projection and Lighting Designer Andy Moro
Projection and Set Artwork Andrew Grenier
Sound Design Ted Hamilton
Stage Manager Sara Kinakin
The Dancers of Damelahamid acknowledge the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples upon whose lands we have created this work. We thank the teachings and guidance of our Elders and mentors, and the foundation that was laid for us by previous generations.
Spirit and Tradition was created with the support of:
BC Arts Council
The Hamber Foundation