Local Native American culture shown at the JLSC

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If you were not in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center on Nov. 5, you missed the show of a lifetime. The College of Eastern Utah community was entertained by students from the San Juan campus and local Native Americans from Price who danced traditional routines, donning traditional regalia.

This was no ordinary show, that's for sure. These students brought their traditional talents to share with the community. Native Americans from Southeastern Utah and the Four- Corners Region came to CEU to show dances, ceremonies and traditions of the Southwestern Native American culture.

Along with dancing and singing, spectators were awed by the singing and flute playing of Maranie Clh. "I love CEU [San Juan campus], the instructors are polite and helpful," Clh said. He is majoring in Native American study and wants to become a teacher.

During the event, spectators from the audience were brought out on the dance floor by the entertainers to dance the traditional couple's dances.

According to emcee Karolyn Romero, the entire dancer's regalia were made by each dancer in the performing troupe. The women's outfits were sewn with integrate beadwork and beautiful colors. The men wore traditional outfits that included 100s of Eagle feathers and complete with a set of Eagle feet at the base of his neck.

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