The Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia with a rich history of masked dance that inspires a compelling performance. The Dancers of Damelahamid has produced the annual Coastal Dance Festival since 2008. Their full-length works include Setting the Path (2004), Sharing the Spirit (2007) and Visitors Who Never Left (2009). Newly created works include Spirit Transforming (2012), In Abundance (2014), Flicker (2016), and Mînowin (2019).
In honour of Elder Margaret Harris whose wealth of knowledge and wisdom continues to be invaluable in guiding our family.
Elders: Elder Margaret Harris, Elder Betsy Lomax
Cultural Consultants: David Boxley, Lawrence Trottier
Artistic Director and Choreographer: Margaret Grenier
Performers: Nigel Baker-Grenier, Rebecca Baker-Grenier, Andrew Grenier, Margaret Grenier, Raven Grenier, Renée Harris, Scott Harris
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
Production Manager: Andrew Grenier
Technical Director: Andy Moro
Production Assistant: Carlos Castillo
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:
We’d love to hear from you after you’ve watched Spirit and Tradition! Can you share one sentence about your experience of the performance? How did it make you feel? What images or thoughts did it bring up? Everyone who shares with us will be entered for a chance to win one of three prize packages that New Works is offering. We’ve chosen to support three local Artists who are connected to the Downtown Eastside: Lynn-Marie Angus from Sisters Sage Products (3 bath bombs, 2 handmade soap, 2oz Cedar Smudge), Jolene Williams (a dream catcher) and Jenna Breuer from Enterprising Women Making Art (beaded earrings).
Lynn-Marie Angus Sisters Sage, Indigenous Wellness, www.SistersSage.com
Jenna Breuer is an Indigenous Artist affiliated with Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA) EWMA is a program of Atira Women’s Arts Society. The program encourages women to sell their art and handmade products as an act of personal, community and economic empowerment.Blending art, community and social entrepreneurship, EWMA works with emerging female & female-identified artists in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to participate in a democratic and equitable social enterprise that coordinates the pooling of resources to produce and market women’s visual art and handmade products.
Jolene Williams is a recipient of a DTES Small Arts Grant Award. She creates Dream Catchers. People will see her traditional cultural practice with a modern interpretation. Using traditional and contemporary materials, her sophisticated work appeals to a broad audience.