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Indian history comes alive with unique presentation

Monday, February 10, 2003

A full-fledged member of Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma gave a colorful presentation over the history and culture of Native Americans on Thursday at Storm Lake High School, helping inform students and community members about his heritage during Diversity Day at the school.

John "Gray Eagle" Scantling, a card-carrying Indian and historical enthusiast, presided over an hour-long presentation that included a reenactment of a ceremonial wedding, discussions about traditional food, transportation and clothing, and detailed explanations about numerous Indian artifacts and relics Scantling has collected.

The Albert City resident has presented his lecture to several schools around the state, including AC-T, Laurens-Marathon, Storm Lake and numerous Des Moines-area schools, and said he enjoys being able to share his knowledge with students.

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