Spirit and Tradition

Dancers of Damelahamid


23 Jun 2023


10:30 am


Lawson Field Theatre
Lawson Field Theatre

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. 


Production Credits 

 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
Lawrence Trottier

Artistic Director and Choreographer Margaret Grenier

Performers Nigel Baker-Grenier 
Rebecca Baker-Grenier
Cameron Fraser-Monroe
Andrew Grenier
Margaret Grenier
Raven Grenier
Renée Harris
Scott Harris
Tobie Wick

Youth Performers Mixk’aax Baker-Grenier 
Pisim-Mohtew Baker-Grenier 

Regalia Rebecca Baker-Grenier
Andrew Grenier
Margaret Grenier
Chantal Harris

Carvers Jim Charlie
Andrew Grenier
Scott Harris

Songs Andrew Grenier
Margaret Grenier
Raven Grenier
Lawrence Trottier

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:
Canada Council
BC Arts Council
Metro Vancouver
The Hamber Foundation


Image credit: Chris Randle

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