Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dragonfly Gala 2016

Ernest Siva, Center President, sings. (Carlos Puma Photo)
Dragonfly Gala 2016!
On August 13, 2016, at Morongo Community Center we will be celebrating Southern California's Native American cultures. This year's theme is YUCCA. We will highlight these native plants' longtime relationship with Native people.
DETAILS:
 
WHO: Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Dorothy Ramon Learning Center's work. 
WHERE: Morongo Community Center, 13000 Malki Road, Morongo Reservation 
WHEN: Aug. 13. Reserve your spot now!

TICKETS: $45 each. Tables: $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000.
TO RSVP : CALL US, 951.849.7736 or, 951.849.4676 

Delicious food by Chia Cafe! (Carlos Puma Photo)
Birds! (Carlos Puma Photo)
Birds! (Carlos Puma Photo)
Birds! (Carlos Puma Photo)

Community Celebrating our Native Cultures (Carlos Puma Photo)
Flute Music by Dragonfly Wind Flute Ensemble (Carlos Puma Photo)
Shop at the epic Silent Auction (Carlos Puma Photo)
Did we mention Birds! (Carlos Puma Photo)

Dragonfly Gala on August 13, 2016



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring into spring! Sunday Concert

Note that our concert is a bit early this month, but just in time for spring. Your $10 helps our nonprofit save and share Southern California's Native American cultures, languages, history, and arts.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Learn about Yucca!

This Dragonfly Lecture is one not to miss.
About Daniel McCarthy: Daniel McCarthy received his BS and MS in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside.  For the past 40 years, he has worked at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park, the western states and throughout Southern California, compiling photographic inventories of rock art sites.  He has worked with Elders and Traditional Practitioners for more than 35 years throughout Southern California. 

For 17 years he was Tribal Relations Program Manager for the San Bernardino National Forest and recently received the National Lifetime Achievement award by the Office of Tribal Relations. Currently he is Director of the Cultural Resources Management Department, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Research interests include desert archaeology, aboriginal trail systems of the Sonoran, Mojave, and Colorado deserts; rock art distribution, documentation, interpretation and working with tribal communities in public education of Native culture; and recording string figures.  

He conducts Southern California Native American cultural awareness classes, providing information about native plant uses (particularly agave, acorns, yucca, prickly pear cactus and pinyon), rock art, and material culture. He organized the annual Malki Museum Agave Harvest and Tasting, now more than two decades strong.  He was co-instructor in offering an Applied Archaeology field school for six years (2006-2011) and in 2013 where half the students were Native American from local tribes. He worked with several tribal governments (particularly Serrano, Cahuilla, and Luiseño), traditional practitioners and Native organizations such as the Southern California Indian Basket Weavers Organization, where he is currently vice president. He also is president of Malki Museum Board of Directors. And he is a cherished member of Chia Café, which incorporates Native foods into contemporary cuisine, such as at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center’s annual Dragonfly Gala.

Daniel has published several reports and articles, including, “Medicinal Plants Used by Native American Tribes in Southern California” with Donna Largo and Marcia Roper. 
Dorothy Ramon Learning Center awarded Daniel McCarthy our 2013 Dragonfly Award for high-soaring achievements in saving and sharing cultures.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Concert: Traditional and New Music from Southern California Indian Nations





Georgiana Sanchez has a gift for you. She drove a very long way to share her beautiful stories and poems at the January 23 Native Voices Poetry Festival. Today, Sunday, January 24, she is turning around and commuting many miles again. She and her family will sing and tell traditional and new Chumash songs and stories at a benefit concert. Dorothy Ramon Learning Center is so grateful that this Elder is honoring our nonprofit this way. Please come and support, 3 p.m. at 127 N. San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning, and accept her gift of beautiful songs and stories from the Chumash culture. Sean Milanovich will share beautiful songs he wrote in Cahuilla. Ernest Siva, Bill Bell & Don Strandberg also will share traditional songs. Your $10 will help Dorothy Ramon Learning Center save and share Southern California's cultures, languages, history, and arts. 

Photo by Carlos Puma for Dorothy Ramon Learning Center