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My Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota

With fond memories of visiting as a child, Becky Jones Mahlum settled in the state capital, where she and her family explore museums and celebrate the town's rich culture at an annual Native American festival.

By Caren Oppenheim

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Bismarck, North Dakota
Joel Holland
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Performing arts are a big part of our family's life—all of the kids have been in school choirs and played instruments. Shiny is interested in visual arts and music, while Sedalia attended the Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre program last year. Professional actors taught and directed the kids in a performance of Annie at the facility's beautiful outdoor space.

It's important to Mike and me that our kids are well-rounded and appreciate other cultures. Every September people gather for the United Tribes International Powwow, a huge affair run by the Native Americans of North Dakota. More than 70 tribes are represented during four days of dancing, drum sessions, and costumes. Over 20,000 attend the festivities, which highlight the traditions of our area and serve as a perfect example of the wonderful events taking place here in Bismarck.

Originally published in the January 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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