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Photo courtesy of Michael Contreras, Jr.
Acorns were an important food for Native American people throughout California.
In Southern California, acorn remains a favorite traditional food.
Ever wonder how an acorn is transformed from a bitter-tasting nut filled with tannic acid into a nutritious food?
Come to Dorothy Ramon Learning Center's Second Saturday Sidewalk Storytelling Program from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, corner of Hays Street and San Gorgonio Ave., and find out.
The Madrigal Family will take us step-by-step through traditional acorn processing and preparation.
And you'll get to taste the results.
Free family fun. Crafts for kids.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Come travel along the road to gold, the Bradshaw Trail.
The lecture starts at 6 p.m. at the Learning Center, 17 W. Hays, Banning.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Dorothy Ramon Learning Center has received a $1,000 mini-grant from the California Council for the Promotion of History.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Read about the Dragonfly Gala
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
The Center, which saves and shares Southern California’s Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts, offers an array of programs, lectures, and other events during July and August:
Second Saturday Sidewalk Storytelling: Arrowheads & Archaeology. Free family hands-on fun: Learn about flintknapping and making arrowheads. Learn about bows and arrows. Be an archaeologist — can you “dig it”? Crafts for kids. DETAILS: The Center, corner of Hays & San Gorgonio, July 9, 1-4 p.m. FREE!
(Pat Murkland Photo)
Native American Flute Class. Learn to play the flute from your heart. Performance-oriented class with flutists from Inland Empire Flute Circle, offered every second Saturday (the next is July 9) from 6-9 p.m., The Center, 17 W. Hays, Banning. Only $10.
Note: DO NOT try to touch or handle any rattlesnake as Dr. Hayes is doing here with the Mohave green rattler. Dr. Hayes is experienced and this snake is much more docile than one you might encounter in the wilds. (Pat Murkland Photo)
Dragonfly Lecture: Snakes Alive! 2. Dr. William Hayes of Loma Linda University returns to the Center with some of his venomous reptiles at 6 p.m. July 11, 17 W. Hays. This time, the biologist will share his research on how snakes and other local venomous animals may be helping the battle against diabetes, stroke, and cancers. Graduate students at the Laboratory of Behavorial Ecology and Conservation at Loma Linda University focus on research that includes how animals use their venom, as well as other conservation studies on species such as the California condor and desert tortoise. Donations at the door help the Center save and share Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts.
Ernest Siva (Carlos Puma Photo for The Center)
Serrano Language & Culture Class. Learn Serrano language and songs and explore Serrano culture with Elder Ernest H. Siva, also president of the Center, every first and third Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Center, 17 W. Hays, Banning. Free.
Carlos Puma Photo for The Center
Dragonfly Gala. Dorothy Ramon Learning Center’s premier event celebrates Southern California’s American Indian cultures with exhibits and demonstrations, traditional singing and dancing, highly acclaimed food, a silent auction of dragonfly-related and Native American art, the Dragonfly Award, and more, starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at Morongo Community Center on Fields Road at the Morongo Reservation. This year’s theme is “Shadowcatchers: Old Photographs.” To reserve tickets, $45 each, or tables: Ernest and June Siva, (951) 849-4676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tonight we are honored to have Rose Ramirez as our Dragonfly Lecturer.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
It's snake season.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Storytelling, singing, and crafts will help create a Native American festival within Banning’s downtown Art Hop on May 7.
It will all add up to free family fun — and learning about American Indians — at the nonprofit Dorothy Ramon Learning Center.
The Center will be in the center of it all!
DETAILS: 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. MAY 7 ... The Center at the corner of San Gorgonio Avenue and Hays Street in Banning, CA.
A few of our planned activities:
Free flute-making. In his previous visits Antonio Flores has been surrounded by a large crowd of people of all ages who enjoy making and taking home their Pomo-style wooden flutes.
© Pat Murkland
Demonstrations of pottery, basketry and other traditional arts. Children also can make their own small baskets in cultural arts workshops led by Jacque Nunez (Acjachemen).
Serrano Indian tools and toys. Tools to try, and toys to make and take home, with volunteers from San Bernardino County Museum. Learn how to work a prehistoric drill, for example, or make a toy that was once used to hone hunting skills.
Or play a fun guessing game!
There's much more:
Storytelling and singing with the California Indian Storytellers Association and tradition-keepers from throughout Southern California.
Presenters will include Center President Ernest Siva (Cahuilla/Serrano);
Ernest Siva Photo © Carlos Puma for the Center
Jacque Nunez (Acjachemen);
Other presenters are Barbara Drake (Tongva);
Barbara Drake Photo © Carlos Puma for The Center
Kim Marcus (Cahuilla/Serrano);
... And Kat High, director of Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center near Los Angeles.
Still MORE: A film, Songs of the Colorado. SEE A PREVIEW HERE.
Daniel Golding’s film explores Native American music traditions along both sides of the Colorado River. The songs have been passed down through generations and the film chronicles the culture bearers’ work to keep the songs alive. The film will be shown at 4 p.m. at the Center.
Native plant uses. Discover the many traditional uses of plants in the Pass and other Southern California landscapes as food, medicine, and tools. Presenters include culture bearers Barbara Drake and Kim Marcus. Learn, for example, how to make wewish, an acorn dish that once was a staple food of American Indians.
There also will be art for people of all ages to make and take home, including the Center’s popular dragonflies.
Come hopping at the Art Hop to The Center's Open House.
Come discover The Center and join the volunteers working to save and share Southern California’s Native American traditions and knowledge. Learn about plans for a native plant garden and expansion and renovation of the Center on the corner of San Gorgonio Avenue and Hays Street.
Work on the adjacent Gathering Hall continues and we hope it will be completed in time for the Art Hop.
Information: (951) 849-7736.
Meanwhile, the Center’s annual flute workshop with master flute-maker Marvin Yazzie (Navajo) and his wife, Jonette, will again be under way throughout the Art Hop. Participants in the three-day workshop from May 6-8 will make a six-holed wooden Plains-style flute with the Yazzies and learn the basics of playing with Ernest Siva, who will also share music of the First People of Southern California. Registration is still open, but the class will be limited to 10 people. The fee is $300. Information: (951) 849-4676. E-mail: siva AT dishmail DOT net