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'We're Not A Vanishing Race,' Says RSIC Cultural Officer

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Reno's month-long Artown Festival is winding down. There are plenty of events this weekend and then on Monday evening, a huge celebration of Native American culture at Wingfield Park. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor has a preview. 

The event includes visual arts, music, vibrant pow wow dances, and crafting. Michon Eben is the cultural resources manager for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. She says the importance of this type of event extends far beyond any one performance or piece of art.

“You’re going to meet Native Americans that are going to tell you their stories, show you their artwork,” she says, “and if you could see that and know that there’s Native Americans here, right in your own community that live here, work here, go to school here, and shop in the same stores as you do, you’ll know that we’re still here. We’re not a vanishing race. We never were.”

Learn more about the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony here.

Danna has been with KUNR Public Radio since 1995. She started as a weekend announcer, then full time jazz host and in 2008 became the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition.
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