Monday, June 28, 2010

Navajo Code Talkers Day

According to the National Museum of the American Indian:

On July 28 in 1982, the U.S. President signed a measure officially making August 14th “National Navajo Code Talkers Day.”

Our Dragonfly Gala this year honors Native American Military Veterans ... on AUGUST 14.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Coming: Dragonfly Gala

here's a postcard we just sent out to let everyone know ... Save the Date! Our annual Dragonfly Gala is planned for Aug. 14.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Answering the Call: From Warriors to Soldiers

Our Dragonfly Lecture on July 26 continues exploring our theme, Answering the Call: Honoring American Indian military veterans.

We are honored that our Lecturer is Gary Robinson of Tribal Eye Productions.
Mr. Robinson, of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, is an author and film maker.

He is co-author of the 2008 book, From Warriors to Soldiers: A History of American Indian Service in the U.S. Military.

A talented and passionate film-maker, Mr. Robinson's bio says he has written, produced, directed, shot, and edited more than 100 video/television programs for and about American Indian people.

Mr. Robinson's moving short film, "I Am the Warrior," won third place in the 2009 national Veterans Day short film competition hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian.

His children's video storybook, "A Native American Night Before Christmas," was nominated for Best Animation at the 2007 American Indian Film Festival. (View sampling of the story, which includes a sleigh drawn by buffalo!)

Other works include "Those Who Defend Us," a film under contract for the Santa Ynez Chumash Elders Board. According to Mr. Robinson, this film honors Chumash veterans and active duty soldiers and is accompanied by a booklet that provides a more in-depth appreciation of those tribal veterans.

Please join us!
From Warriors to Soldiers with Gary Robinson
6 p.m. Monday, July 26
Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 17 West Hays, Banning, CA 92220
(the corner of Hays and San Gorgonio)
Donations at the door help our nonprofit save and share Southern California's Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts.