This weekend, on November 3rd and 4th, the Autry Museum will be hosting their annual American Indian Arts Marketplace, one of the largest in Southern California!
The American Indian Arts Marketplace is home to “more than 180 Native American artists” who will share their work. “Featuring the finest in contemporary and traditional American Indian arts, the festival includes more than 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, artist demonstrations, music, dance, and food. Weekend events will include seminars for collectors and main stage entertainment for the whole family.”
We will be there on the 3rd and the 4th as one of the groups invited to perform. We will be bringing our Bear Clan Drummers and the Humaya Dancers to the Autry and performing at 2:00 pm in the afternoon. We used to dance there every year, except for the past three years, and we are excited to be invited back. We hope to see everyone there!
On September 7th and 8th, we went up to Henry Cowell Redwoods Park in Felton, CA for the annual Ohlone Days. This year marks the 27th Annual Ohlone Days at the Park and the 17th year that we have gone.
Ohlone Days is when all the Ohlone groups come together and celebrate being Ohlone. There are cultural presentations and exhibits, such as how to start a fire with traditional implements, cooking acorns, making clapper sticks, and the like. A lot of the local schools and colleges from the area come, so the educational aspect makes up a big part of Ohlone Days.
We went – the Humaya Dancers – to dance; it wasn’t just us dancing but us explaining the dances. We invited everyone to dance with us and learn a few moves, as seen below.
It was a fun and educational event – once again showing people that the Ohlone are here and we are strong.
P.S. There is a video of us dancing that someone at the park shot. Its called Traditional Ohlone Dancing on Youtube. Follow this link to watch: https://www.youtube.com/user/MountainParksFND
On Saturday, August 11th, Pitzer’s Native American Summer Pipeline to College had its graduation at Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College. The Pipeline Program is a college prep program specifically for Native students. 21 Native students from around the country graduated that day.
The Ohlone were invited to start the Graduation Ceremony with drumming and the Humaya Dancers. Afterwards, Chief Cerda was invited to come up to the stage to impart a few words of wisdom to the young Native students.