Suurimmaanitchuat dancers in presidential inaugural parade
This is good news. They deserve a
chance to be seen nationally and the
nation deserves a chance to see them.
Apart from the traditional Eskimo songs and dances, the group has put an original, modern twist on their dances and are most known for their “Elvis” dance. Many of the recently-composed songs are performed with a smile. One dance, for example, mimics the pre-flight briefing of airline stewardesses.
Dancing since 1990 The group originated in 1990 to honor the outgoing mayor of the North Slope Borough during a community event. Okakok said their intention was just to have fun and make people laugh, but they so much fun they decided to stick around. With time elders from the community taught the group their songs and so the repertoire grew.