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15th Annual

Moompetam: Native American Festival

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In celebration of local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its fifteenth annual Moompetam Festival.

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating California’s indigenous maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay.

SATURDAY Cultural Music and Dance
10:15 AM Cultural Storytelling, Mena Moreno
10:40 AM Journeys to the Past, Jacque Nuñez
11:00 AM Chumash Traditions by Marcus Lopez
11:45 AM Chumash Family Singers
12:20 PM Singing and Musical Instruments, Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California
12:30 PM Cultural Storytelling, Stan Rodriguez
12:55 PM Coastal Indigenous Children’s Activities and Stories, Jacque Nuñez
1:40 PM Chumash Family Singers
2:30 PM Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
3:10 PM Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers
3:30 PM Cultural Storytelling, Chumash Family Storytellers
4:00 PM Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers
SUNDAY Cultural Music, Dance, and Heritage Award
10:15 AM Chumash Cultural Storytelling, Alan Salazar
10:40 AM Acjachemen songs by Adelia Sandoval & The Tushmalum Heleqatuum Singers
11:00 AM Chumash Traditions by Marcus Lopez
11:45 AM Chumash Family Singers
12:20 PM Singing and Musical Instruments, Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California
12:30 PM Cultural Storytelling, Dee Dominguez
12:55 PM Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
1:40 PM Heritage Award presentation honoring Christopher Diaz
2:30 PM Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
3:10 PM Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers
3:30 PM Cultural Storytelling, Chumash Family Storytellers
4:00 PM Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers

CULTURAL DEMONSTRATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Tongva Soapstone Necklaces - Julia Bogany
  • Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum – Juaneno Cultural Museum –Domingo Belardes
  • Tongva Hunting and Warriors Materials - Kevin Nunez
  • Tongva Traditional Acorn Display - Charlotte Nunez
  • Kitanemuk Chumash Yowlumne Tejon Indians Basket Weaving - Dee Dominguez
  • Chumash Cultural Display – Alan Salazar
  • Children’s Game Activities – Trish Rios
  • Chumash Cultural Display with Children’s Craft - Oscar Ortiz
  • Ti’at Tongva Plank Canoe Display - The Moomat Ahiko (Breath of the Ocean): Traditional Tongva plank canoe presented by the Ti’at Society.
  • Tomol Chumash Plank Canoe Display - Chumash Maritime Association / Ray Ward
  • Round Reed Basket Weaving – Lorene Sisquoc and Cindi Alvitre
  • Coastal Native American Cultural Materials - Heidi Lucero
  • Kumeyaay Cultural Activities – Stan Rodriguez
  • Tule Dolls Workshop – Gloria Liggett – 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

HERITAGE AWARD PRESENTATION

Sunday 1:40 p.m. honoring Christopher Diaz

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.

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