American Indian Heritage Month…Celebrating America’s First People
Published by Laurie Pender on November 20, 2017
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Fourth-grade teacher William Helms from College Lakes Elementary School hosted an American Indian Celebration event Monday morning in the school’s cafeteria. 

John Oxendine (Lumbee Nation) and Kaya Littleturtle (Tuscarora Nation) shared their love of culture through dancing, drumming, singing, storytelling, and Native Flute music.  

The fourth graders were mesmerized by the beautiful and breathtaking Native American Regalia the men wore.  Both Oxendine and Littleturtle, entertained questions “such as “Are we allowed to attend Pow Wow’s or are they for Native Americans only?” “What do you think about the football team name, Washington Redskins?”  The men were eloquent in their answers as they explained how native people feel about those topics.

At the conclusion of the program, Oxendine and Littleturtle invited students and teachers to participate in a Friendship dance.  The Friendship Dance is a staple at Pow Wow’s. It is the one dance in which everyone is encouraged to participate.

The event was organized by the CCS’ Office of Indian Education.

        
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