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Artist in residency Lyz Jaakola, a Native American musician and educator, visited four elementary schools in Bemidji over two days performing a variety of traditional instruments. She uses a violin to show how a modern instrument can be used to play an old song on Wednesday at Northern Elementary. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Artist-in-residence Lyz Jaakola visits area schools

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BEMIDJI — Lyz Jaakola welcomed students in Ojibwe on Wednesday morning, greeting fifth-graders as they entered Debbie Miller’s classroom at Northern Elementary.

"I notice when I come to Bemidji there are lots of signs in Ojibwe and that makes me feel really good, that the language is valued here," said Jaakola, an American Indian musician and educator.

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