Celebrating Native American culture with dance

The sun was shining and wind was dancing in the grass as Ramsey Elementary School students created a circle around the drummers.

 With young dancers surrounding her, fancy shawl dancer Katrina LaRock-Rousseau instructs them on the steps of her dance. Photo by Tammy Sakry

With young dancers surrounding her, fancy shawl dancer Katrina LaRock-Rousseau instructs them on the steps of her dance. Photo by Tammy Sakry

They were there to celebrate and learn something about a culture likely foreign to them.

With Anoka-Hennepin School District 11’s Indian Education Coordinator-Cultural Adviser Brenda Davis to guide them, the students learned about Native American dances, songs, the drum and the regalia May 22.

The event was part of the visual art curriculum the students have been learning in art this year, Davis said.

During some of the classes, the students have been learning about the various bead stitches, what the designs represent and the designs created by the different tribes.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com


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