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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 is the KYUK News Director. She has worked at KYUK since 2015 and previously worked at KNOM in Nome, Alaska.
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