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Watching a hula revue last night (yes, this is what’s passing for literary stimulation here at the beach), I was struck by the similarity of dance as story across cultures. Drums, graceful hand gestures, skilled movements, an overriding sense of gratitude for the provision of the land. Cover some skin, add dance fans, and you’ve got something very close to native dancing, Pamyua style. And in case you haven’t heard, Barrow’s Suurimmmanichuat dance group will be performing as part of Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities. Read all about it over at the Alaska Dispatch.

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