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Through a women's health class, Native American girls at´┐ŻNawayee Center School in Minneapolis are learning positve lessons about self-esteem and respect. They're also learning about abuse and how and when to walk away from unhealthy relationships. And they're finding their voices in culture class through traditional Indian drumming and singing - usually reserved for males - so that these girls can one day become strong women. In this photo:] Girls in culture class sing a ballad written by classmate Jodi Vermillion, second from left, called: "You Should be My Man". "if you sit around the drum it just like brings joy to you... I love the drum and just to sing around it," said one student.

David Joles, Star Tribune

A Homegrown Song

  • Article by: DAVID JOLES
  • Star Tribune
  • November 16, 2010 - 9:49 AM
Native American girls learn about growing into strong women at the Nawayee Center School in Minneapolis. A women's health class at the alternative school offers lessons in self-esteem and respect, and how and when to walk away from unhealthy relationships. A culture class helps them find their voices through drumming and singing -- a tradition usually reserved for males. In a recent class, girls sang a ballad, "You Should Be My Man," written by classmate Jodi Vermillion, second from left. "If you sit around the drum, it just like brings joy to you," said one student. "I love the drum and just to sing around it."

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