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Cama-i 2022 brought together some yuraq groups for the first time in 2 years

Chefornak dancers at Cama-i Dance 2022 on March 27.
Katie Basile
Chefornak dancers at Cama-i Dance 2022 on March 27.

The Cama-i Alaska Native Dance Festival returned to Bethel this past weekend. After two years without the gathering, Cama-i’s return signaled the revival of yuraq, and of coming together again as a community after the long isolation of the pandemic. A smaller venue welcomed a smaller audience than previous years, but it was a grateful one. Listen to this story to hear the music from Cama-i, as well as stories from dance groups across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta who have just recently begun to dance and drum together again as they prepared for the 2022 festival.

Anna Rose MacArthur served as KYUK's News Director from 2015-2022.
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