Saturday, November 24, 2012
Haida Laas dancer Brandon Mayer, 17, sings and drums in a performance at the United Indians Elders Art Mart at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Discovery Park, Seattle Saturday November 24, 2012. The Art Mart continues Sunday from 10-4 and will also be repeated December 22-23, with handmade goods for sale, salmon lunch and Indian tacos to eat. The Haida tribe is from Hydaburg, Alaska, and the local dancers started their presentation with a recognition of the Duwamish for performing on their land. November is Native American Heritage Month, and the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation has been holding events at the cultural center throughout the month. Mayer wears a tunic and shawl of animal skins passed down through his family to him, and has been involved with Haida Laas from before he can remember. "Since I was in the womb, I guess, that's what they tell me," said Mayer, since his mother Kara, would dance when she was pregnant with him.
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