2012-09-06 / On the Town

Museum hosting Powwow party

Community invited to intertribal gathering in T.O.

The Chumash Indian Museum will present its sixth annual Intertribal Gathering from noon to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Sept. 15 and 16 at the museum, 3290 Lang Ranch Pkwy., Thousand Oaks.

The event will feature a range of performances and activities, including storytelling, music, an arts market and instructional sessions for basket weaving, traditional jewelry making, and iconography/painting.

Scheduled performers and artisans are:

Alan Salazar, Ventureno- Chumash elder and founding member of Chumash Maritime Association, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Gil Unzueta, a tribal elder and descendent of the last known speaker of the Barbareno Chumash language, and his son Jay Unzueta will tell stories and lead tribal dancers.

David Dominguez, author.

Rosemary Lopez, traditional jewelry maker.

Ramona Cano-Siegel and Tima, museum-quality basket makers.

Tony Ayala, soapstone carver.

Lew Silva, Chumash elder, flute player and jewelry maker.

Torres Martinez Bird Singers (Cahuilla tribe).

Ernestine De Soto, Chumash elder, author, Chumash linguist.

The event is sponsored by Nomad Two Worlds Foundation, an organization established by art and fashion photographer Russell James to support and promote artists from indigenous and marginalized communities worldwide.

Both days are open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 12. All proceeds go to the preservation and addition of exhibits.

For more information, call (805) 492-807 or go online to www.chumashindianmuseum.com.

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