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High school art students paint mural as homage to local native american tribe

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A newly painted mural is now unveiled that pays homage to a Native American tribe known as the Haudenosaunee.

Several art students at Elmira High School brainstormed on what kind of mural they wanted to paint and decided on the mural.

“We can honor something that is greater than ourselves,” Devin Beatty, one of the art students, said. “Basically everyone has something that they can say they’ve done and can cherish.”

The mural’s scene is of a green pasture with the Chemung River Flowing through it. This is where they lived. Smaller paintings line the outer edges which depict more tribe symbols.

There’s also the phrase “peace and friendship forever” painted on the mural. That was the motto the Haudenosaunee people lived by.

To the students, it was more than a painting. It was also a learning moment.

“If they walk away from viewing this mural learning one new thing,” Connie Swarthout, the high school art teacher, explained, “seeing a symbol, going to look it up, and then researching just for their own education, that would be awesome.”

It took a month for the students the paint the mural. The mural will be hung in the high school library this summer.

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