Multicultural Mass highlights Coushatta traditions _lowres

Photo provided by Cabrini High School -- Marisol Thompson and her older sisters, Cabrini High School students Gwyneth and Kateri Thompson, from left, demonstrate dance traditions of prayer in traditional Coushatta American Indian attire during the Cabrini multicultural Mass.

The No Place for Hate Club at Cabrini High School in New Orleans recently organized a multicultural Mass honoring the cultural variations and traditions practiced by Catholics worldwide.

The service opened with traditional dances of the Coushatta Native Americans, as performed by students Kateri and Gwyneth Thompson and their father and younger sister. The Thompsons demonstrated drum rhythms and dance traditions of prayer that honor the women and ancestors of their tribe.

Led by the members of the choir and the Spanish classes, the Cabrini community sang hymns in both Spanish and English. Students and faculty prayed in nine languages, including Latin, Italian, Swazi, French, Vietnamese, Coushatta, Spanish, Tagalog and sign language. After Mass, the Thompson family guided a joyful friendship dance common to the Coushatta American Indians.