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Saturday, March 27, 2010

A living legend

Here is MaryAnn Sundown and the Scammon Bay dancers...
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Every year, MaryAnn is one of the highlights of the Cama-i dance festival in Bethel. This year, she was recognized as "A Living Legend" with a small ceremony and award.
Everyone who was part of her family got up on stage with her during the tribute. Some of them were people from Bethel.It is so much fun to watch her dance. I am so impressed with the Cama-i festival people (Bethel Council on the Arts) and the fact that they presented her with the living legend recognition. Why do we so often wait until the people who are important to us have passed on before we realize that we should honor them? What a great way to show respect to MaryAnn for the amazing life that she has lived and the wonderful dances that she has passed on. I'm so glad that I was able to be a part of it.The little girl dancing in this photo was so adorable. She LOVED to dance. Of course, her motions were a little different, but she kept time to the beat of the drum with amazing accuracy.

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