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Sioux Falls History Tree Displays Handmade Native Ornaments

More than 100 Native families create ornaments for the History Tree at the Prairie Star Gallery in Downtown Sioux Falls in South Dakota.
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What started with five families in 1997 has grown to involve more than 100 families. The families create miniatures for a holiday tree at the Prairie Star Gallery in Downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Linda Boyd, Prairie Star Gallery owner, explained to the Argus Leader that they are trying to show “Native crafts and not just Christmas ornaments.” Families sometimes make things that can be useful, like key chains or pins.

“There’s a survivor pin for example that was made by a cancer survivor who has always done other ornaments for us in the past, and this year it changed to that because of her own survival,” Boyd told the Leader.

She also said that everything on the tree is made by Native Americans, including the many dreamcatchers that can be used year-round.

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Watch the full video, by the Argus Leader, here.