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Native Americans Symposium

Petoskey News-Review (Petoskey, MI) , June 8, 2005


Simon Otto is the keynote speaker of the Second Annual Harbor Springs Symposium, Native Voices, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 9-11.

Most of the stories Otto has were passed down to him by his grandfather, a medicine man.

Otto said he enjoys telling the stories he heard as a young boy, especially to younger Indians. He said a lot of Indians today are very assimilated into modern culture and do not know about their past.

Yvonne Walker Keshick, of Charlevoix, also cherishes her heritage. Keshick enjoys telling stories of the Indian culture in Northern Michigan. She believes this is the key to creating better understanding between the two cultures.

"By learning about us, they understand us better. By understanding us better, we get along better," she said.

Subjects Covered: education, storytelling festivals

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