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By Jana Peterson
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The way of the drum


May 31, 2019

Jana Peterson / Pine Knot News

Cloquet freshman Alijah Petite, left, and Julian Kitto drum and sing to all the fourth-graders at Churchill Elementary School Friday. They finished with a traveler's song, to wish the kids the best on their educational journey and life. See videos on the PKN Facebook page.

Julian Kitto, Alijah Petite and Mikinaak visited Churchill Elementary School Friday, to wish the fourth-graders - who will attend middle school next year - a good journey through their education and their lives.

Kitto and Petite both drum with other members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, at home, at powwows and even over the lunch hour at Cloquet High School. Mikinaak is the name of the drum they brought to Churchill. In English, the name translates to "snapping turtle."

"The drum is a spiritual tool that makes the sound of a heartbeat that echoes forever," Kitto told th...

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