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Local American Indian Girls Adding Culture to Their Lives

The Porterville Recorder (Porterville, CA) , November 4, 2004


The Porterville High School Native American Culture Team was created in 2000 because American Indian cultures were not featured at community events. Currently, the team participates in two events each year - Butterfield Days and Porterville Reads. The team also performs at local elementary schools when invited.

As an experienced American Indian dancer, Sondra Nieto, 16, dances the Fancy Shawl dance in her bright orange and green regalia. As a member of the Tule River Tribe and a descendent of Piute tribe, Nieto enjoys dancing, storytelling and helping others understand the American Indian culture.

"I get to share my culture with many different people who come from Hispanic, Caucasian and Asian backgrounds," Nieto said. "And they get to learn from my demonstration. You have a good feeling after you demonstrate. It makes you feel like you left them with more knowledge about a different culture."

Subjects Covered: diversity training, education

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