Times Colonist

Alert Bay aboriginal dancers to perform at L.A. screening

- KEVIN GRIFFIN

A group of First Nations performers from Alert Bay will be dancing with history today in Los Angeles.

They’ll be performing in a unique event that includes the screening of a restored 1914 silent film by the influentia­l North Coast Indian photograph­er Edward Curtis.

Nine Gwa’wina dancers and six singers, a profession­al dance group whose members represent many of the 16 tribes of the Kwakwaka’wakw people, will be at the Getty Research Institute this evening at the premiere screening of In The Land of the Headhunter­s, a landmark feature film set in the Pacific Northwest and created at the dawn of the movie industry.

Among those travelling to Los Angeles are several descendant­s of the film’s original actors, including Stanley Hunt who played Motana, the lead, and Margaret Frank, who played Motana’s love interest Naida.

After the premiere, the dancers will head to Seattle to perform at the Moore Theatre where the film originally screened in 1914.

The film and the dancers will perform for a third time in Vancouver at the Chan Centre on Sunday, June 22.

More performanc­es of In the Land of the Headhunter­s are planned for next year in New York, Chicago, Washington, Toronto and Ottawa.

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Dancers from Alert Bay will perform in Los Angeles today at the screening of a restored 1914 film.

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