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How do I become a pow wow fancy shawl dancer ? I am 18 and I know how to dance inter tribal dances and my mom was a jingle dress dancer when she was younger and my grandmother was a fancy shawl dancer, how do I register?

Go you! The first thing I would encourage you to do is to get a mentor. This person can help guide you through all the things you’ll need to get started. They can coach you on regalia making, dancing with the traditions of style, meaning, and etiquette. Though you might ask family first about regalia, just in case there is…

How do you deal with people making fun of your size?

No one should be bullied because of their weight. When someone teases you about your weight it’s not your fault, and there is something you can do about it. Here are some tried and true tips for dealing with bullies. Usually bullies want to get a reaction out of you. One strategy is to ignore the bully. After a while…

What tips do you have for eating healthy?

*Sigh* These days there is sooo much hype around what to eat that it can get super confusing super fast. No fear though! Fortunately we can look toward our traditional ways of eating. To make it really simple – our ancestors ate a variety of whole foods that were close to the earth. So, for example, eating an apple is…

What is the safest way to lose weight?

What is the safest way to lose weight? Weight loss is a tricky topic. Lots of people are unhappy with their weight, but most aren’t sure how to change it. As a result people end up trying crazy diets (boo), failing, and feeling super frustrated. For the record I do not recommend dieting. Dieting sucks… like for so many reasons…

Who is the person I can go to for an exercise program?

Who is the person I can go to for an exercise program? A good person to go to for an exercise program is a personal trainer or health and wellness coach at your local gym or fitness center. These types of physical fitness professionals will help you develop your own personalized exercise program. That being said these individuals might be…

How do I eat healthy?

Dear Auntie, How do I eat healthy? This is a tough question for me because I feel like I will always be learning and negotiating the right balance between my nutrition and physical fitness. This does not come easy or natural for me. I feel like I have to work hard at it…and I’m certainly not perfect at it. So…
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