Pomona Convocation

On Tuesday, September 4th, we were invited to Pomona College to perform a healing ceremony as part of Pomona College’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations. This was a big deal, for it was the first time that Pomona College had included any of the local tribes in any official Pomona event!

After getting there at 5:30, we set up, making sure that everything was prepared for the night’s events. Dinner was at 6, followed by the Aztec dancers, then it was time for the Ohlone drums to lead everyone to the Greek theater. With Chief Cerda at its head, the procession wound its way from Frank Dining Hall through the Theater Department, and arriving at the Sontag Greek Theater.

President David Oxtoby was introduced and gave a speech welcoming all to the event. Up next were the White Rose Singers from Sherman Indian High School. Then it was time for the healing ceremony to begin. Chief Cerda started out the event by singing songs to call the ancestors to help with the ceremony. The Humaya dancers danced around the fire. Many Pomona community members, Sherman students, and others, stayed, danced with the bears and Ohlone, and generally had a very positive experience from the ceremony.

Said Chief Cerda of the event: “It was an honor to be asked to do the Ceremony at the 125th Anniversary of Pomona College. It was a great feeling to do this healing ceremony for the people, for the land. The people and the land needed this ceremony. We, as descendents of some of the original people of this land, are always doing what we can to preserve and protect the land and culture of this area. Shururu”

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Pomona College 125th Anniversary Native American Opening Ceremony!

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.

FMI: http://pomona.edu/news/2012/08/20-native-american-ceremony.aspx

(We’re even on the front page of the website!)