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Tribal dancing and other activities open this weekend at the public museum

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By Nick Howing

In celebration of Native American Culture Month, the Grand Rapids Public Museum has put on a living exhibit consisting of tribal dancing, singing, and various other activities to educate others about the native cultures of this area, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, which is open to the public.

“I encourage people by learning through participation to celebrate and honor the beautiful gift of life,” said Jonathan Rinehart, member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.

While there, people will be able to immerse themselves in the rich and unique culture of the first nation peoples. As well as learn through storytelling, and participate in authentic dances conducted by the beating of a thunderous hide drum, all creating a real, mind-opening experience and insight into the lives and culture of the people that were here before us.

Rinehart is looking for a good turnout and a lot of participation. “We are openly and willingly sharing our knowledge to educate in diversity, equity, and equality, that we can come together to see how we are more similar than we are different, that we can put our minds together to do all things.”

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