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Messenger for Native Culture, Healing


by Charlotte Cuthberston

NEW YORK—The desire to preserve and pass on authentic teachings from America’s indigenous people is embodied in Yvonne Wakim Dennis.

It is perhaps a fitting passion for a Cherokee Bird Clan member. Members of the Bird Clan were traditionally known as messengers between earth and heaven, according to the Cherokee Nation website.

“A lot of people don’t know their clan, so I feel fortunate,” Dennis said.

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