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Bozeman seventh graders celebrate American Indian heritage

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Feb 05 2013 04:03:21 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 05 2013 04:12:23 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman seventh graders got a taste of American Indian heritage today at Montana State University.
     
"Spread your WINGS" is a collaboration between the Bozeman School District and MSU's American Indian Council.
     
The celebration kicked off with a traditional song and dance from the Bobcat Singers.
     
Students learned about pow wows and the significance of their ceremonial dress before breaking into smaller groups, where they met with representatives from tribes across the state and even got to try out traditional American Indian games.

"It's really cool to see how people used to live and how they still live today," says Sacajawea student Molly Taylor.

Student Cole Janssen says he appreciates the hands-on learning.

"It's really interactive and instead of just learning straight from the teachers, you get to learn from real Indians and you get to demo their culture," says Janseen.

Students from the Bozeman High School's Native Awareness Club also joined in the festivities.
     
Members say the club is the first outside of a reservation.