Honoring Traditions

American Indian Magnet School celebrates Native American culture with an annual fair.

Students at American Indian Magnet School (AIMS) learn about diverse customs from all over the world, particularly focusing on the traditions of Native Americans. One way the pre-K-8 school honors the Native American way of life is by holding two yearly powwows as well as three cultural fairs—Woodlands, Plains and All Nations—to educate about the history of its culture and traditions.

This year, AIMS will host its second annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, in conjunction with the Plains culture fair, on October 10. Principal Todd Goggleye believes it is important for students to learn about the ongoing struggle of Native Americans. “These kids are the future. No matter what race they are, they can spread knowledge of Native Americans,” Goggleye says.

Students from all grade levels create art or history projects that will be presented and judged at the fair. In addition, students participate in a grand entry where they wear regalia and dance in fancy, jingle and traditional styles. Native teachers get involved by teaching beading on apparel and medallions. Regalia and food are available for purchase.

AIMS also teaches Native American language classes, Ojibwa or Dakota, and students participate in weekly drum and dance classes. —Claire Noack

The Indigenous Peoples Day celebration will be October 10, 1:30-8 p.m. on American Indian Magnet School playing field. All are welcome to attend the free event. 1075 Third St. E.; 651.778.3100