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“Who will carry on this story when I’m gone?”

—Slava Bryn, Elder

Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion students celebrated and elevated the stories of their Latino friends and elders through a process of listening, reading, speaking and writing in the Spanish language. This process not only honored the elder’s heritage-language, culture and life story, but their own.

SIEMPRE HAY QUE TENER UNA META

Darle Honor Ana Matos

NUNCA TE RINDAS

Darle Honor Orlando Reyes

LAS RAICES DEL SENOR VARGAS

En honor de Hebierto Vargas

LECCIONES DE LA VIDA

Darle Honor Sra. Guerrero

Community Celebration of Place initiated the creation and publishing of twelve story-song books in school year 2013-2014 in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools and the West Metro Education Program (WMEP). These books, written and illustrated by youth, honor the cultural diversity of our region through the inspirational life stories of community elders. These works are now being integrated into the yearly curriculum of area schools.

Honoring Men of Color

Honoring Men of Color

by Young Men of Color at Lucy Craft Laney Community School

Illustrations by Young Men from Lucy Craft Laney Community School 6th, 7th, 8th Grade. Painted by Jeremiah Bey.

Words by Young Men from Lucy Craft Laney Community School 6th, 7th, 8th Grade under the guidance of Artists, Toki Wright & Julia Sewell. Produced by Larry Long

Generosity, Hospitality / Deeqsinimo, Marrtisoor

Generosity, Hospitality / Deeqsinimo, Marrtisoor

Honoring Mohamed Salah Abdi (Xumayn Maxamed Saalax Cabdi)

Illustrations by Anne Sullivan Communication Center 6th Grade Students under the guidance of Art Instructor Edie McDonald. Words & music by Sanford Middle School students under the guidance of Artist, Larry Long. Somali Translation by Said Salah Ahmed.

I am Proud to Be Ojibwe (NIN DUH PEE TAYN DAWNOJIBWE AW WEE YAWN)

Honoring Johnny Smith (Waysagwonnabe)

Illustrations by Anishinabe Academy under the guidance of Art Instructor Charlotte Man. Words & music by Fair School under the guidance of Artist Larry Long. Ojibwemowin, via phonetics translations by Bawdwaywidun, Edward Benton-Banai

Save Our History!

Thank you for your many contributions on Give to the Max Day.

We can not do this work without you.

Testimonials

My heartfelt thanks to Larry Long and all the voices from which our history continues to generate encouragement, enthusiasm and wisdom.

Arlo Guthrie, Songwriter, Son of Woody Guthrie

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News & Events

Community Celebration of Place is partnering with Little Free Library on Saturday, May 21, in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the first-ever Little Free Library Festival.

Join highly acclaimed author Kent Nerburn and Larry Long, Executive Director of Community Celebration of Palce for an evening of songs, stories and music.

During 2016, it is a primary program of Community Celebration of Place to transfer their collection into archives that will be open to the public for generations to come.