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The Importance of Native American Dances

In the short story “First Fruits” by Standing Rock Sioux author Susan Power, the main character is a Dakota girl who loses her sense of self while trying to assimilate in a college environment, until the end of the story, when she finds herself again by teaching a Native American “Swan Dance” to her friend. This project will look at how and why dances are so important to Native American communities and what makes them unique from other dances around the world

Mason Cronin '24