There is so much to learn from the world.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
There is so much to learn from the world.
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A beautiful day in Banning, views of the snow-covered mountaintops, and a downtown holiday festival with lots of free fun for families.
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Every month is Native American Heritage Month
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
San Manuel Tribal Color Guard © Carlos Puma
More than 300 people honored American Indian military veterans at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center’s annual Dragonfly Gala.
The event at Morongo Community Center featured poignant thanks and displays remembering American Indians who served in the U.S. military, including those who died in service.
San Manuel Reservation’s Tribal Color Guard posted the colors to begin the Aug. 14 event at Morongo Community Center.
Acting California Veterans Affairs Secretary Rocky Chavez thanked and honored American Indian military veterans. Displays included Soboba Reservation’s wall of photos, the faces of the many tribal members who served in the U.S. military, and Morongo Reservation’s more than 80 names of those on its veterans memorial.
Author Marlowe Churchill signs history book © Carlos Puma
The Center supports tribal work to save and revive cultural knowledge and welcomes and teaches the general public about Southern California American Indians. All proceeds from the annual Dragonfly Gala go to the nonprofit’s work.
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Artwork by Gerald Clarke, Jr. of Cahuilla Reservation for Dorothy Ramon Learning Center
American Indians have the highest percentage of any ethnic group serving in the U.S. military. The nonprofit Learning Center’s annual Dragonfly Gala will feature tribal displays and a tribal color guard, share military memories and present the annual Dragonfly Award for soaring achievements in saving and sharing Native American cultures and history. Gala participants are invited to share their photos and memories honoring American Indian military veterans.
“The annual Dragonfly Gala serves us in a special way,” Learning Center President Ernest H. Siva said recently. “While, ostensibly it is a fund-raiser, it has also been a venue for education and what the Indians call a Doings (Waka'). This was a time for people to meet and experience food, singing and dancing, trade, visiting and meeting new people.
“In the old times, most of these activities took place outdoors,” Siva said. “Today, our venue is Morongo (Reservation) Community Center, which has been large enough to accommodate guests under one roof.”
Along with the military memories and tribal displays, the Dragonfly Gala will include:
Photo by Carlos Puma, crowd enjoys delicious dinner at 2009 Gala.
• A barbecue dinner, this year prepared and served by William Pink and his family;
• bird singing and dancing and other traditional Southern California American Indian music;
Photo by Carlos Puma, Singing birds at the 2009 Gala
Past galas have drawn crowds of more than 300 people from across California. All proceeds help Dorothy Ramon Learning Center Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, save and share Southern California’s American Indian cultures, languages, history and music and other traditional arts.
The Learning Center has been renovating buildings at the corner of Hays Street and San Gorgonio Avenue in Banning. The building will enable the Center to offer more cultural programs and hands-on workshops for people of all ages.
“Even though traditional culture has changed drastically, there are the remnants of important values and knowledge that have deep roots,” Siva said. “These reside in language and song and our memories, which may or may not have been documented in print or recording. It is our job and occupation to make these accessible to both young and old through our publications and instruction.”
DETAILS: PLEASE RSVP! Now is the time to reserve your seats or table. See e-mail and phone number below.
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Answering the Call: Native American Military Veterans
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Scores of people drive every day along Interstate 10 and see a reservation near Banning, but they don’t know much more about the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
The next Dragonfly Lecture at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center on April 19 offers a chance to discover Morongo’s varied American Indian cultures and rich history.
In “Meet Your Neighbor: Morongo Cultures & History,” Michael Contreras Jr., Morongo Cultural Heritage Program coordinator, will discuss Morongo’s different American Indian cultures and the general history of Morongo and surrounding Indian communities.
Contreras said discussion topics also include: Cahuilla and Serrano Indian territories; the reservation system; detrimental policies in U.S. history; the assimilation era and loss of culture; tribal sovereignty and the struggle to maintain and revitalize.
Contreras, a member of the Torres-Martinez Band of Desert Cahuilla Indians, was born in Banning in 1975 and attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS.
As the Morongo Band of Mission Indians Cultural Heritage Program coordinator, Contreras is charged with caring for Morongo’s large collection of baskets, artifacts, photos, and library collections. Other duties include management of local sacred and archaeological sites, Tribal consultations, acquiring and archiving local tribal history, cultural educational involvement within Morongo’s preschool and elementary school, educational presentations throughout the surrounding communities.
DETAILS: WHEN 6 p.m. April 19
WHERE: Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 17 W.Hays, Banning.
A donation at the door helps the nonprofit Center save and share Southern California’s Native American cultures, languages, history and arts.
Information: (951) 849-4676.
Lecture co-sponsored by Morongo!
The nonprofit Center currently is raising money to renovate the building at the corner of San Gorgonio Avenue and Hays Street, and recently received a $500,000 donation for that renovation from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
American Indian Music Workshops
Flute-Making Workshop, April 30, May 1 & 2
Make a beautiful wooden six-holed Plains-style Native American flute in a 3-day workshop with master flute-maker Marvin Yazzie, Navajo, and his wife, Jonette. Learn the basics of playing with Ernest Siva. Discover the music of the First People of Southern California. Limited to 10. $300.
Pre-register email@example.com, 951.849.4676.
Art Hop Workshops, May 1
Chumash culture bearers Georgiana Sanchez and her family will teach how to make this ancient wooden musical instrument, then share and teach songs and stories important to the Chumash people. Decorate a clapperstick to take home. Sessions limited to 15 people. $20. Pre-register firstname.lastname@example.org, 951.849.4676
• Rattles for kids
Kids can learn how to make a tin-can rattle and about appropriate use. FREE as long as supplies last!
Discover The Center at Hays & San Gorgonio, Banning
OPEN HOUSE! Help Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,
Save & Share Southern California’s cultures, history, languages, & traditional arts.