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  • I celebrated my indian heritage today. Even kept my kids out of school to celebrate their culture too. Today was California Indian Day and there was an event at a local college, there were great informational booths and traditional crafts booths too. A local tribe was leading traditional songs played on hand drum and clap sticks. They sang a couple of songs and explained the significance of each.

    My children watched and listened, the drum beats, they become a part of you. There were people sitting in the shade away from the heat of the day (95 degrees at the end of September?) Luckily there was a breeze and plenty of shade trees. Many elders were there listening to the sounds and songs, many reminiscing the songs of their youth, maybe of simpler happier times. It was a celebration not only of local tribes, but for all tribes from all over the United States.

    Every time I attend one of these events, when I hear the drums, I feel in touch with my native blood. There is something about the songs and the drum. It takes you back in time somehow, you can feel the ancestors who sang the same songs and played the same drums. It's almost mystical as you listen and feel the beat. The feelings fade as you drive away, back to reality, back to the world and all it's noise and problems. I will long to hear the drums until next time...
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