Tribal beats usher FLC graduates

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Tribal beats usher FLC graduates

Bala Sinem Choir rich in tradition

Tribal beats usher FLC graduates

Louis Aragon, left, said the group’s name comes from the Hopi words for Red People. The Bala Sinem Choir will perform today at the Fort Lewis College spring commencement ceremony.
“Anybody who calls on that drum, native or nonnative ... we just try to help out,” said Jered Canty, left. Canty, a 2011 graduate of Fort Lewis College, and instructor Louis Aragon said the Bala Sinem Choir performs at graduation ceremonies and for other events and organizations at FLC.
Native American indigenous studies majors Corey Francis, a sophomore, and Lyle Reese, a junior, practice with the Bala Sinem Choir at Fort Lewis College. The group will performing today at the FLC spring commencement ceremony at Whalen Gymnasium.
Ten-month-old Starsun Canuto watches the drummers as her mother, sophomore sociology major Janice Canuto, sings with the Bala Sinem Choir during a recent practice at Fort Lewis College.
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