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In response: Focus on the truth of ‘Pocahontas,’ not the ethnic origin of its artists

Published 09/21/2011, Duluth News Tribune

As the opinions of Fond du Lac musician Lyz Jaakola were the sole source of criticism levied against the Duluth Festival Opera’s Midwestern premiere of “Pocahontas,” in a front-page article Monday by the News Tribune’s Christa Lawler, I appreciate the opportunity to respond. For the record, there are five Fond du Lac musicians and dancers who are performing traditional tribal music in the production.

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