You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a Scammon Bay grandma dance the Yupik Macarena.

From Chapter 6 of Alaska Traveler:

Bethel is a community of seven thousand, forty miles up the Kuskokwim River on the Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta. It’s an hour by jet west of Anchorage, eighty miles east of the Bering Sea and on a clear day on the flight in you can see Siberia if you squint. Bethel was founded in 1885 by Moravian missionaries who banned Yupik dancing for their converts, so it’s only poetic justice that today the town hosts the biggest festival of Alaska Native dance there is, a celebration of the art that lasts for three days and features dancers from many of the fifty-six villages in the region and from other Alaska regions, as well as groups like the Stanford University Steppers and the Ballet Folklorico from Sonora, Mexico.

Dana Stabenow. Alaska Traveler (Kindle Locations 330-335). Gere Donovan Press.

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