students learned about Native American life
and fourth graders were
treated to a visit from a Native Pride Dancer through the Bureau
of Lectures Tuesday morning, Feb. 24. This Arts in Education program taught
students about the beauty, symbolism and skill of Native American
music, dance, and dress. The performance included traditional
stories, musical styles and insight into the history of Native
Feather Dancer began by telling students
about his tribe, the Chocktaw. His lecture covered his tribes’
historical and modern lifestyle. Included in his discussion were
stories about his culture. He also got students and
teachers involved with the performance.
“Mr. Roberts offered an insightful and
eye-opening experience of Native American culture. It is invaluable that our
young generation of citizens learn about the people who lived here
in the early days of the continent, and build the open-mindedness
and tolerance necessary to be productive citizens in a global
community,” said fourth-grade teacher Meagan Kane. Some of her
students’ thoughts are below:
“I never knew that buffalo bones can protect
you in battle.”- Jakub
“It’s interesting that women and men have their own calls.”- Amelia
“The freestyle dance was my favorite because Dancing Eagle went
“I enjoyed the bright colors of the outfit he was wearing.”- Gavin
“I liked the explanation of how the enemies stole the horses at
“I liked how Dancing Eagle explained the story of the woodpecker and
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