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Video and photos: AICHO Blessing of the Gardens ceremony

The event kicked off a 16-month program to introduce Indigenous cultural food practices, gardening, farming, cultural arts, entrepreneurial skills and communication skills to middle and high school students from Duluth and surrounding areas.

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Ivy Vainio, of the American Indian Community Housing Organization, left, introduces Hope Flanagan, left center, joined by Alyssa Parkhurst, right center, of St. Paul, and Felicia Galvan, right, of Mounds View, Minnesota, on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Blessing of the Gardens ceremony in the Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin Gardens at AICHO in Duluth. The event was the official kickoff of AICHO’s Giinawiind Giginitaawig’gomin — Together We Grow Program — to introduce Indigenous cultural food practices, gardening, farming, cultural arts, entrepreneurial skills and communication skills to middle and high school students from Duluth and surrounding areas. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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Hope Flanagan, right, of Seneca Nation and the Turtle Clan, points while speaking with Ivy Vainio, of the American Indian Community Housing Organization. Flanagan was part of the Blessing of the Gardens ceremony Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin Gardens at AICHO in Duluth. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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Items are displayed at the American Indian Community Housing Organization Blessing of the Gardens ceremony Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin Gardens in Duluth. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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Hope Flanagan, left, of Seneca Nation and of the Turtle Clan, provides a blessing/prayer Thursday, June 24, 2021, and sings songs to give honor, thanks and appreciation for the gifts that each plant gives. Flanagan, of Minneapolis, is joined by Alyssa Parkhurst, center, of St. Paul and Felicia Galvan, of Mounds View, Minnesota, in the Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin Gardens at AICHO in Duluth. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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Alyssa Parkhurst, of St. Paul, is with the Red Lake Nation. Parkhurst served as a ceremony helper for The American Indian Community Housing Organization Blessing of the Gardens ceremony and education event Thursday, June 24, 2021, in the Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin Gardens in Duluth. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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Felicia Galvan, of Mounds View, Minnesota, is part of the White Earth Reservation. Galvan was a ceremony helper at the AICHO’s “Blessing of the Gardens” Ceremony in the Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin Gardens on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Felicia also sang honor songs with Hope Flanagan and Alyssa Parkhurst. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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Landon Manitowabi, of Duluth, plays the drum during an honor song Thursday, June 24, 2021, during the AICHO Blessing of the Garden ceremony in the Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin Gardens in Duluth. (Dan Williamson / dwilliamson@duluthnews.com)

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