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'Something Released Out Of Me That Didn't Belong,' Experience Cama-i's Heart Of The Drums

Apr 5, 2019

Drummers gather for the Heart of the Drums at the Cama-i Dance Festival at Bethel Regional High School on March 30, 2019.
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The climax of the Cama-i Dance Festival falls in the middle of the event. All the drummers from the dance groups come together, circle the audience, and bang their drums as one. The ritual is called the Heart of the Drums and is led by festival emcee Peter Atchak. Atchak calls this moment his "favorite part of Cama-i." Hear an audio postcard of this moment.