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The 2011 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival will return to UBC Museum of Anthropology from March 9-13. This festival is presented by the Dancers of Damelahamid and the Museum of Anthropology.

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The event takes its name from Damelahamid, a city where Gitksan ancestors were put on earth from heaven. Gitksan songs have played a major role in defining First Nations art and culture.

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There will be a wide array of dance groups that will perform, showcasing rich and diverse traditions of coastal British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska. In 2004, The Dancers of Damelahamid became a professional dance company and since then have produced several theatre-based productions.

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The signature presentation of the festival will be held on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 pm, and will feature a few of the groups that will be performing during the four day event. Some of the evening’s highlights will include: Robert Davidson’s Rainbow Creek Dancers, David Boxley’s Git Hoan Dancers, and Bob Baker’s Eagle Song Dancers. Pricing is $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors/MOA members and are available either at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684.2787.

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All events will take place at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, located at 6393 NW Marine Drive in Vancouver.

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