On September 4th, Pomona College will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary and has taken the monumental and positive step of inviting us to make up the central part of their Native American Opening Ceremony on that day.
It is the first time that any local tribe has been asked to participate in a major way in an official Pomona event, like this anniversary.
The Humaya Dancers will be there, as well as the Ohlone Bear Clan Dancers for a healing ceremony. Other notable people that will be there include: Bill Neal, Jimi Castillo, and Josie Montes and the White Rose SIngers from Sherman Indian School.
The Details: It will start at 6pm with dinner at the Frank Dining Hall (Pomona College 260 East Bonita Ave.) and then Chief Cerda will lead the drums over to the Sontag Greek Theater (adjacent to Seaver Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont), with the Ohlone Bear Clan and Humaya dancers. Once there, we will start the healing ceremony.
This is a big deal and we urge that everyone come out to support the tribe, especially as it is the first time that we have been invited there! The President of Pomona will be there, other dignitaries will be there, all the freshman students will be there, and this is our chance to show everyone that the Ohlone are still here and still strong.
(We’re even on the front page of the website!)