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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Teaching Culture Through Games


November 27, 2019

Forrest Hershberger

Steve Tamayo, center, shows students how to make bead earrings during last week at North Elementary School. The program was sponsored by the High Plains Arts Council and the Nebraska Arts Council.

North Elementary fourth grade students just completed a cultural week with lessons on Lakota history and culture.

Híŋháŋni. Good morning in Lakota.

Steve Tamayo served as artist in residence last week at North Elementary.

His programs included crafts and dance, and cultural presentations Wednesday through Friday. On Thursday, he showed students how to make earrings. He explained the history of beads. The trading of beads started when the Dutch arrived in America in 1540, he said. He said it was a bartering method, a type of currency.

He taught the students how to about the shells used i...

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