The Montevideo School district has developed a brand new Culture Club this year, whose mission is to increase the narrative about Native American history in Minnesota, as well as improve cultural awareness in the area.

 

The Montevideo School district has developed a brand new Culture Club this year, whose mission is to increase the narrative about Native American history in Minnesota, as well as improve cultural awareness in the area.

The program is open to students in grades 4-12 and has no cost to enroll. The group consists of 15 students and chaperone Laura Streich, who meet every Thursday after school, through the month of April. The group’s first meeting was on the first of March.

The group has participated in a number of cultural discussions, with topics ranging from Native American music and artwork, to the language and cuisine.

Leo Baker of the Upper Sioux Community has met and spoken with the group about the Dakota culture. Through Baker, the group has learned about modern day powwows and dance competitions, in addition to many other cultural traditions.

While the students worked on projects, they talked about current Native American musicians and listened to works, including music by Native American artist Supaman. The group also observed past art styles of the Ojibwe and Dakota, as well as artwork by modern-day artists. Time was also spent dispelling stereotypes and myths about Native Americans that the students may have had due to

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