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Culture, Tradition Come Alive with Storytelling

Minnesota Daily (Minneapolis, MN) , March 7, 2005


Storytellers kept the American Indian tradition alive Saturday at the McNamara alumni center. The group told stories full of meanings and lessons during the American Indian Student Cultural Center’s annual Winter Storytelling Evening.

Storyteller Colin Wesaw said his elders used to always tell him it doesn’t matter how old you are — you can always learn something from listening to a story.

“Stories are meant to help people understand life, no matter what culture you’re from,” he said.

Participants told stories in the Ojibwa, Dakota and English languages. Many students of the native languages participated in the event.

“The native languages are dying, and to see young people picking them up is inspiring,” Wesaw said. “It’s very powerful; people need to see that.

Subjects Covered: education, storytelling festivals

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