Cama-i has come and gone again. A wonderful gathering of people from all over the state celebrating dance and culture. The Cama-i week is the busiest of the year for Drew’s Foundation and always requires a bit of decompression. Lots of thanks.
First to the Winter Bear Project. This great group of performers and production people put on two shows here in Bethel and did numerous workshops at the high school and at the Cama-i festival. A large number of people told me how much they enjoyed the play and what a great message it conveyed. The return of the group to the upriver villages from Bethel and also to the High School is in the works. Hoping for early next year. if your village would like to see “The Winter Bear” please contact the project thru their website and invite them.
Second, I want to thank Buddy Kutch and his friend /helper / brother Cory Palacios. I invited Buddy to Bethel to spread his message of positive thinking and attitude about never giving up to the young people of Bethel. We spent lots of hours at the high school, the youth facility and PATC. Buddy and Cory were generous with their time and spirit. If you aren’t familiar, Buddy was paralyzed as a teenager and has spent half his life in a wheelchair as a quadrapeligic. His positive attitude was an inspiration to me and to many that he spoke to.
Thirdly, I want to thank all those who came to the Place of Memory at Cama-i. More names were added to the wall but much healing took place. Thanks to Alaska Dispatch News, KTVA, and Katie Basile’s multimedia students for their coverage and forwarding of our message. Thanks to Linda Curda for allowing me to do this. John Wallace for doing all the tech stuff and photography. And as always my family who support me and the great kids at TAAV for their help.
Next up-our spring Walk for Life. Be on the watch for time and date.