Sunday, February 21, 2010

Alaska village lifts native dancing ban

Here is an interesting story from the Boston Globe on the return of native traditional dancing to villages in Alaska...
"NOORVIK, Alaska—Bobby Wells has lived all his life in this remote Alaska village, where the Eskimo dancing of his ancestors was banned by Quaker missionaries a century ago as primitive idolatry...

The belief of traditional dancing as somehow evil, however, remains deeply ingrained in scores of Native villages around the state. But some communities have broken away from that ideology in recent decades. One by one, they have resurrected the old dances and songs of the long ago past, along with culture camps and language immersion programs." ...(Cont.)...