Cama-i 2020 Postponed

The Cama’i Dance Festival in Bethel has been postponed until Fall 2020 out of concerns over the coronavirus. Dance groups from across the region, the state, and the lower 48 gather every year in Bethel to share dance, culture, tradition, and community.

Linda Curda is the coordinator for the festival. She said that the decision came to protect the health of Elders, and because spring break is in full swing for many schools with teachers and families who are traveling. Many of them would return the weekend of the festival, and Curda didn’t want to place anyone in jeopardy should someone be carrying the virus.

Cama-i Dance Festival 2019

March 29 – 31st

“Ilakluta Ataucitun Yurartukut ~ Together We Dance as One”
Dedicated to Walter Lewis, Chefornak
Sponsored by the Bethel Council on the Arts

Friday, 29th: Doors open at 5:00 pm; Dancing 5:30 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, 30th: Doors open at 11:30 am; Dancing 12 noon – midnight
Sunday, 31st: Doors open at 12:30 pm; Dancing 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Local: * Bethel Traditional Dancers * Ayaprun Elitnaurvik
* Yurartet Dancers * Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat
* Kuskokwim Campus Dancers * Gladys Jung Cranes
* Delta Illusion Dancers * Kuskokwim L. A. Dancers
* BRHS Warriors Dancers * BRHS JROTC Rifle Drill
Regional: * Chefornak Dancers * Kwethluk Dancers
* Scammon Bay Dancers * Tuluksak Wolverine Dancers
Alaska: * Tikigaq Traditional Dancers – Point Hope
* Anchorage Rainbow Dancers
National: * Jesse LeBeau – Inspiring Hoops
* Stanford Steppers – Stanford University, California
International: * Samson Brothers and Family Hoop Dancers – Seneca/Mvskoke
Additional Activities:
* Native Arts & Craft Sales * Place of Memory * Heart of the Drums
* Miss Camai Pageant
* Y-K Delta Memoriam Sat evening – send photos (with Yup’ik and English names;
dates-birth and death; village) to Loddie at
*** Fur Fashion Show * Quilt Raffle
* “Up Close & Personal” Seminars to learn about the dances and groups
* “Smile Alaska Style” – YKHC free dental check-ups Sat. March 30th
* Native Foods Dinner Sat. March 30th 4-7 pm free for everyone! Please DONATE food.
* Lion’s Pancake Breakfast – Sunday March 31st 10 am
* Live Web cam at plus see past Cama-i Festivals
Call: Minnie at 543-1835
TO VOLUNTEER: Contact Jody Drew: 545-0580 call – text
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