Pair to start local Haida dance group

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008

JUNEAU - As children of the Haida people, Osce Robertson and Joy Rusch are seeking to form a Haida dance group in Juneau.

Viola Burgess agreed to continue training Robertson and Rusch to drum and lead the dancers.

"We'd like to publicly acknowledge our Haida songs and dance to honor our culture and pass to the next generation as we are taught by Haida elders," Rusch said.

Robertson and Rusch invite their Haida family and friends to visit any time.

"Our hope is that everyone will feel welcome to come together at every opportunity to represent Kaigani Haida people and surrounding communities," Robertson said.

Send comments, suggestions and inquiries to P.O. Box 35572, Juneau, AK, 99803.

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