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Moompetam American Indian Festival

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

Moompetam American Indian Festival

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

two young American Indian girls in traditional dress

This celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay.

Live virtual presentation Saturday, Sept 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe led by Chief Tony Cerda
To view the 20-minute live virtual presentation, please visit our Facebook event just prior to the presentation time.

Event Schedule

Saturday

Time Program
10:30 Penguins Film / Great Hall
10:45 Chumash Songs and Stories, Christopher Diaz / Honda Blue Cavern
11:10 Tongva Storybook Reading and Signing, Author Cindi Alivtre / Marine Life Theater
11:30 Cultural Storytelling, Stan Rodriguez / Honda Pacific Visions Theater
12:10 Beauty of Coral Reefs Film / Great Hall
12:15 Chumash Family Singers / Honda Blue Cavern
1:00 Heritage Award presentation honoring Lorene Sisquoc / Honda Pacific Visions Theater
1:30 Beauty of Coral Reefs Film / Great Hall
1:45 Cultural Storytelling, Chumash Family Storytellers / Honda Blue Cavern
2:30 Costanoan Rumsen Dance, Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe led by Chief Tony Cerda / Honda Pacific Visions Theater
3:00 Beauty of Coral Reefs Film / Great Hall
3:15 Chumash Family Singers / Honda Blue Cavern
3:40 Tongva Storybook Reading and Signing, Author Cindi Alivtre / Marine Life Theater
4:00 Costanoan Rumsen Dance, Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe led by Chief Tony Cerda / Honda Pacific Visions Theater
4:45 Penguins Film / Great Hall

Sunday

Time Program
10:30 Penguins Film / Great Hall
10:45 Tongva Singing & Dancing with Toveema, Virginia Carmelo & Family / Honda Blue Cavern
11:10 Cultural Storytelling, Chumash Family Storytellers / Marine Life Theater
11:30 Acjachemen songs by Adelia Sandoval & The Tushmalum Heleqatuum Singers / Honda Pacific Visions Theater
12:10 Beauty of Coral Reefs Film / Great Hall
12:15 Journeys to the Past, Jacque Nuñez / Honda Blue Cavern
1:00 Chumash Family Singers / Honda Pacific Visions Theater / Honda Pacific Visions Theater
1:25 Tongva Storybook Reading and Signing, Author Cindi Alivtre / Marine Life Theater
1:30 Beauty of Coral Reefs Film / Great Hall
1:45 Journeys to the Past, Jacque Nuñez / Honda Blue Cavern
2:30 Costanoan Rumsen Dance, Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe led by Chief Tony Cerda / Honda Pacific Visions Theater
2:55 Cultural Storytelling, Stan Rodriguez / Marine Life Theater
3:00 Beauty of Coral Reefs Film / Great Hall
3:15 Chumash Family Singers / Honda Blue Cavern
4:00 Costanoan Rumsen Dance, Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe led by Chief Tony Cerda / Honda Pacific Visions Theater
4:45 Penguins Film / Great Hall

All programs subject to change.

Cultural Demonstrations / Great Hall

  • Tongva Cultural Demonstration – Kimberly Johnson
  • Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum – Juaneno Cultural Museum – Domingo Belardes
  • Traditional Children’s Games Demonstration – Trish Rios

Cultural Demonstrations / Plaza in Front of Aquarium

Please get a hand stamp at the exit for re-entry to the Aquarium.

  • Round Reed Basket Weaving – Lorene Sisquoc and Cindi Alvitre
  • Coastal American Indian Cultural Materials - Heidi Lucero
  • Kumeyaay Cultural Demonstration – Stan Rodriguez
  • Chumash Cultural Demonstration - Oscar Ortiz
  • Acjachemen Ethnobotany Display – Abe Sanchez (Sunday only)

Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Pacific Visions Theater

Saturday 1:00 p.m. honoring Lorene Sisquoc

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(562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Capacity is limited. Advance reservations are required. No walk ups. Keeping our guests and staff safe is our top priority. Masks are required. For the most current information, visit aquariumofpacific.org/safety. This event is subject to change or cancellation due to updated safety protocols.