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Jingle, fancy, and traditional dancing all happened at Bismarck High School today to show the students a little bit more about Native American Culture. The Members of Bismarck's Four Directions club, invited their fellow students to watch them perform, and they say this program helped show their classmates how important their culture is to them. 

The club's adviser Karla Davis said, "You know the kids are very proud of our heritage and that they dance and things like that. So they, they like to actually share. It's a little bit scary because they are in front of their peers but they really enjoy sharing our culture with the student body."

Senior Willie Sam, a Fancy Feather Dancer, said,"It's important to my culture, because I come from the Paiute Tribe of Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada. And all my family. Everyone of my family members dances."

Each year Bismarck high school students, and even some teachers perform the dances. The Four Directions club has been at Bismarck High School for more than 10 years and the native dance program has been taking place for the past seven.

"And I just hope that they can leave knowing that Native Americans learn to live in both worlds...You know every ethnicity is different. We all have our different, you know our different cultures and different views on life," said Shaydee Pretends Eagle. The looks on many students' faces in the crowd, that message was received. 

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