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Inmates in Valley State Prison learn traditional arts for therapy
By mercedsunstar.com- Brianna Calix
Published: 04/20/2017

Once a week, inmates at Valley State Prison who typically might not interact come together to make Native American jewelry from thousands of tiny beads that come in all colors.

They work from patterns on homemade looms to make all sorts of designs – NFL logos, cartoon characters, names of family members and traditional designs. Once their patterns are finished, they sew them onto leather

“It gives us a way out for a little while,” said Justin Henson, 28, from Fresno. “It’s something that you’re proud of that you can ship to your family.”

On Wednesday, Henson worked on a blue and white Dallas Cowboys bracelet to send to his dad. The new bracelet matched a necklace he sent in the past.

The program is run by Dale and Julie Tex, from Fresno. Both are Mono Indians. Dale grew up in North Fork and Julie in Dunlap.

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