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      Native American musicians promote film, 'Remembering the Songs'

      These are the sounds of traditional Native American music, which Hannahville Indian School students heard Tuesday during a special visit from the musicians in the film, Remembering the Songs. It explores how three different communities use the flute.

      "They're actually songs for praying. They're songs used to create a personal, sacred space around yourself. They're healing songs, they're power songs, so we're wanting people to understand that," says Julie Cajune of the HeartLines Project, the group producing the film.

      The musicians were in Menominee County Tuesday promoting their world premier movie, but that's not their only mission. They say one of the biggest misconceptions about Native Americans is that they're all the same. Tuesday, the Potawatomi students learned about the unique music of the Pueblo.

      "Most of our songs are geared towards rain for living in the desert climate in Mexico, the Pueblo Indians. We are always praying for moisture for Mother Earth," says flautist Fernando Cellicion.

      Fernando adds that many of their songs are about nature because we'll always live with it.

      Pueblo percussionist Florentine Johnson says the natural themes can be found in their instruments as well.

      "The instruments I use are regular bells and deer hooves, and there's a frog that I have that makes a frog sound and a traditional pueblo drum, the heartbeat of Mother Earth," says Johnson.

      The movie, Remembering the Songs, will be shown Wednesday night at Northern Michigan University at 7:30 p.m. in 102 Jamrich Hall. The event is free and open to the public.