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Kettle dance returns to Fort Belknap


September 28, 2018

Wednesday, during Native American week, the sacred kettle dance, returned to Fort Belknap Indian Reservation after being lost for generations, Ken “Tuffy” Helgeson, a language and culture teacher at Hays-Lodge Pole schools, said Thursday.

“It was a historic day. We haven’t had that dance for a long, long, time,” he said, adding that this dance holds a special place due to it being the basis of their powwow.

The dance was lost to the tribes at Fort Belknap about 100 years ago as people who knew it died, he said.

The positions are organized for the powwow according to the kettle...

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