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Judy R.

"Saving Sacred Places"

Yakutat, AK, USA
single, 2 children
Speaks: english
Joined Mar 24, 2008
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Check this out, my dad and I at Celebration 2008 in Juneau, Alaska.

Lead group unveils new dance today

A dance last performed in Southeast Alaska in the early 1900s is being brought back during Celebration 2008 by the Mt. St. Elias Dancers from Yakutat. According to dance group leader George Ramos, the story, "The Little Boy From Under the Sea," was danced at a potlatch in Sitka in 1904 by his uncle, Jack Ellis. It was the last potlatch in the region since Gov. John Green Brady, who was governor of the District of Alaska from 1897 to 1906, banned all dances and traditional Native gatherings shortly before the tribes got together, Ramos said. "They asked Governor Brady if they could have just one more (potlatch), and he said yes," Ramos said. Ellis, then 14 years old, won a bracelet and two songs at the potlatch for the dance, Ramos said.

The story carries a message that you don't play with any kind of animal. As told by Ramos, it goes something like this: A boy was in the habit of going around the beach picking up sand fleas, gathering them and moving them around the beach during the outgoing tide. A wave came and dragged him out to sea, and the boy stayed away for a long time. When he came back, seaweed grew from the boy's face and he was covered in sea creatures such as crabs and octopuses. He was ashamed to come back, but his family surrounded him, danced and brought him back from the sea."We hope to do a good job of presenting it," Ramos said.

More than 50 dancers from Yakutat are in Juneau this week. They join about 2,000 other dancers from the region, Canada and the Lower 48 for Celebration 2008, which started Thursday. It is the largest cultural event in the state, according to organizers from Sealaska Heritage Institute.

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Joined Mar 24, 2008 Activist Aspirations undeclared 
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Groups Christian Stewardship, NRDC - Natural Resources Defense Council, Native Americans and Others Wisdom of the Ages Mind Body Spirit
Birthday Jan 22  
Languages english  
About Me I work for a tribe on land issues, protecting our sacred places and Repatriation (NAGPRA).
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Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Christian - Presbyterian  
Eating Habits rice and fish, tea and coffee  
Wild Fact About Me spent time in a Sami lavo in Norway and grass hut in Tonga
My Philosophy live each day to the fullest
What Gives Me Hope my kids
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by go green
What/who changed my life and why my parents that taught my to respect my elders
What Bugs Me  
Passions Raising My Children, my cats, genealogy, books, mythology, other cultures, environment  
Inspirations the beach, eagles, to fulfill my purpose on earth, ocean, My Daughter and my MOM  
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Interests Native American Products, recycling, ecology, environment, Spirituality/Philosophy, Anthropology  
Books The Celestine Prophecy, spirituality, any books about /the PARANORMAL  
Music R and B, blues, jazz  
Movies what dreams may come, Casablanca  
TV Shows house, medium, monk  
Favorite Foods japanese, rice, salmon, fruit, seafood, coffee, chocolate, chinese  
Favorite Places alaska, the ocean, hawaii, beach  
Can't Live Without love, friends, hope, family, coffee, books  
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