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Theresa Semien was born on January 25, 1947, in the small town of Lebeau Louisiana, Sibling of nine children, five boys’ four girls. Growing up as a child in the early 1950's she attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Theresa helped out at home with her younger siblings, and learned and practiced her native culture, learning to gather food, cook, sing, and dance. She sang as the lead singer in her father’s band “Frank Semien and the Tribulations”, and later a lead singer in their own band N.J and Mama T. and the Creole Express Band. Today she continues to teach, educate, and practice her Native culture, and is the writer and singer of their song she dedicated to the tribe called, “Let Our People Dance”. She is the author of her very own Native American cookbook, Welcome to my Kitchen. She continues to teach our culture to all through her beautiful native American jewelry, and also keeps the dance tradition going by creating new dances for the dancers, with her latest dance “The Crane Dance”, dedicated to our ancestors, The Black Legged Craneheresa Semien was born on January 25, 1947, in the small town of Lebeau Louisiana, Sibling of nine children, five boys’ four girls. Growing up as a child in the early 1950's she attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Theresa helped out at home with her younger siblings, and learned and practiced her native culture, learning to gather food, cook, sing, and dance. She sang as the lead singer in her father’s band “Frank Semien and the Tribulations”, and later a lead singer in their own band N.J and Mama T. and the Creole Express Band. Today she continues to teach, educate, and practice her Native culture, and is the writer and singer of their song she dedicated to the tribe called, “Let Our People Dance”. She is the author of her very own Native American cookbook, Welcome to my Kitchen. She continues to teach our culture to all through her beautiful native American jewelry, and also keeps the dance tradition going by creating new dances for the dancers, with her latest dance “The Crane Dance”, dedicated to our ancestors, The Black Legged Crane