South High students begin their day with a smudge and a prayer

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South High School has three academic programs…the open program, liberal arts, and the All Nations program, aculturally specific, Native American program that’s existed for more than 25 years.

A special ventilation system was installed so students in the All Nations program could smudge each morning to get their day started. Smudging is a cleansing ceremony, in which sage is burned in a shell, the smoke is pulled in by participants head to foot and dissipates into the air. It’s a ritual that helps lift any negative energy.

Today the All Nations program invited the entire South student body to the football field  with an invitation to participate in the smudging ceremony together. More than 150 participants showed up for this official back to school welcome by All Nations.

 

Principal Aponte  demonstrates to some new students. Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Public Schools

Principal Aponte demonstrates to some new students. Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Public Schools

South High’s Principal Aponte joined the group today and demonstrated the ritual for  students who are not only new to the school, but new to this country as well.

He noted that, “These new students are already acquainted with the Native community, more than many who’ve lived here all their lives”

 

4 thoughts on “South High students begin their day with a smudge and a prayer

  1. Thats Petty I Been In All Nation For The past 3 school year and i wasnt even invited or i didnt hear about it happing it feel like all nation’s is slowly removing you after your Junior Year last year and this year i felt left out because i wouldnt find out about the all nation trip or there event tell last minute??

    • Most likely because you don’t have any classes with an all nations teacher. Either come visit the teachers rooms more often or switch classes to an all nations teacher that fits your schedule.

      • Whether you make to an All Nations classroom or your 2nd hour teacher should inform you, you are part of the All Nations Program and it is our responsibility to make sure you are connected, informed, and associated with ANP. We care about you. ???

  2. Anonymous, South Staff was asked to extend the invitation to 2nd period classes and to rsvp with a list of students wanting to participate. If this did not happen for you, please inform Principal Aponté. It was likely an oversight, but one we want to avoid in the future. Sorry you missed the event.

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