The Git Hoan Dancers showcase the magnificence of Tsimshian art, resurrect the practice of the culture and educate the world that Native culture is diverse and a living art and culture. The Git Hoan performance uses song and dance sharing the legends while entertaining and educating.BOOK A PERFORMANCE
The Git Hoan Dancers (People of the Salmon) represent a culture of Alaskan Native people, the Tsimshian Tribe from Metlakatla, Alaska. David formed the Git Hoan Dancers in his efforts to revive, practice and share the Tsimshian way of life that was once forbidden
The Git Hoan Dancers showcase the magnificence of Tsimshian art, resurrect the practice of the culture and educate the world that Native culture is diverse and a living art and culture. The Git Hoan performance uses song and dance sharing the legends while entertaining and educating.
The performance is filled with stunning, hand-carved masks, authentic skin and wood drums and colorful hand-made regalia emblazoned with symbols of the culture. The performance includes a ceremonial procession and storytelling dances which tell the history of the Tsimshian First Nations People. Legends such as “Mouse Woman and the Cannibal Giant,” “The Shaman and the Land Otters,” “The Spirit of Potlatch” and “Killer whale, Chief of the Sea” are vividly brought to life through dance. The dramatic impact of the performances is heightened by the use of mechanical devices that animate the heads of characters such as Raven and the Killer Whale.
The group has a reputation of high energy, enthusiastic and spirit filled and has entertained, educated and thrilled thousands of audiences on the rich “living” culture of Tsimshian people throughout the world. The Git Hoan Dancers have now performed at venues including cultural celebrations, museums, art markets and shows, conferences, grand opening events, including representing the people of the Northwest for the National Museum of the American Indian and have performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe to represent Northwest Coast Native culture.
David’s career as an artist developed as he studied pieces in museums, he was impressed with the spectacular, complicated and ingenious art created by the ancestors, specifically the masks used in ceremony and dance and the intricacies of articulated eyes, mouths, and head pieces to tell stories. This led David to create articulated masks other traditional props. To showcase the art & culture of his people, David founded and leads the performance group, called the Git-Hoan Dancers (People of the Salmon).
The Git Hoan Dancers use a wide variety of articulated masks in performance to showcase the ingenious art to the world. The Git-Hoan Dancers have earned the reputation of high energy, enthusiastic, entertaining, educational, and spirit filling with stories and dances.