Tacoma Native Ed students open Moon Festival

(Standing, from left): Sincere Ellis (Fancy), Zah-Mya Capoeman (Fancy), Darien Ellis (Grass), Juli Arnold (Jingle), Auriel Zantua (Jingle), Yahtoh-Angel (Grass), Angelina N. Nockai (Jingle), Ellece Capoeman (Fancy); (sitting, from left): Eli Reisberg (Grass), Tre-Anna Capoeman, Nizhoni Miller-Nockai (Jingle)

The Tacoma Indian Education Program Native Pride Dance group performed the opening for the 2017 Tacoma Moon Festival Program on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park. According to program Director David Syth (Crow Nation), “Our cultural dance group was started late in the school year last year as a venue to help our Native American students celebrate and share their cultural identity. This was their first public event and we could not be prouder. Our hope is to grow our participant numbers, especially at the secondary level. We will be meeting once a month this year for cultural dance practice and regalia construction with parents at the Madison complex.”

This group is supported by the generous contributions of the Puyallup Tribal Council and Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

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