The gym of Washington Elementary School was filled with Native American drumming, dancing and applause from students during the school’s Native American Heritage month celebration event on Friday, November 18, 2022.
The Nixyáawii Golden Eagles performed drumming for students & staff while dozens of Washington students joined the dance floor.
Fred Hill, Sr., Umatilla Language Teacher, and Mentor, spoke to the students about Native American culture, rites of passage for tribal youth, styles of the dances, and the different regalia. “We really appreciate this invitation to be here to share our culture, songs, and dance,” Hill said.
Washington Principal Coree Terjeson said “Recognizing & celebrating culture in our school is a critical experience for all of our Wildcats. A big shout-out goes to our Title VI staff and Mr. Heinrich from Nixyáawii for coordinating this event at Washington!”