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BHS Dancers Share Native American Culture

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Pow Wow week is in full swing...

and Bismarck High School staff and students got to experience a glimpse of a special Native American Tradition.

Stephanie Scheurer has the details.

The community is filled with Native American spirit this week and so is Bismarck High School.

Members of the Four Directions Club at BHS don their bright outfits and dance to traditional drums every year during Pow Wow week.

"Mine is called Fancy Feather Dancers. It's where they're kind of like the showstoppers like they said. And they do a bunch of moves just to impress the crowds," says Willie Sam, Senior.

And the students were impressed.

"It was really cool because I'm also Native American so I kind of knew the dances," says Brayden Sanderson, Freshman.

"I'm really big into like learning about Native American history and stuff. My family actually is big like influenced with that whole thing so I really loved it," says Taylor Lassiter, Freshman.

Each song and dance tells stories of joy and sadness.

And to say they have to be quick on their feet may be an understatement.

"To be in my category you have to have athleticism. You have to be fit, you've got to be on beat a lot, stay on rhythm.

"A lot of cardio, that's for sure. You just have to be able to listen to the beat, to the drum," says Courtney Frazier, Senior.

Standup: "The drums represent the heartbeat and circle of earth. And their colorful regalia also holds a special meaning."

"This is actually supposed to represent the sun," says Frazier.

"This would be my culture in a way. My mom made this from a design," says Sam.

Performing in front of their peers can be a little nerve wracking but is something that each dancer is proud of.

"I think the best part about it is just being able to express my culture to other people," says Frazier.

A culture that will always be a part of these students and shared with others.

In Bismarck for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

The Four Directions Club is open to all ethnicities who would like to learn about Native American Culture.

If you would like to be a part of this group, you can contact Karla Davis, the club advisor at 701-527-4633.

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