Shaftsbury students celebrate Native American heritage

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SHAFTSBURY — In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Fidel Moreno of Healing Winds brought his program to Shaftsbury Elementary on Tuesday.

Throughout the day, from inside the tipi set up on the lawn of the school, Moreno shared with the students traditional stories and teachings on the theme of respecting others. He also brought a number of cultural artifacts to share with the students. The program was sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Bennington Post 1332, according to principal Jeff Johnson.

The Healing Winds tipi can usually be found at Merchants Bank Park on North Street in Bennington. Co-directed by Moreno and Susan Jameson, his wife, the organization hosts a number of educational and therapeutic workshops around the community, including at Bennington Elementary and the Vermont Veterans Home. They also have a show on WBTN, and, in August, hosted their 10th annual Rock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow at the Vermont Veterans Home. The event had previously been hosted in Berkshire County.

Moreno is an award-winning documentary filmmaker on the topic of Native American studies.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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