Monday, August 22, 2011

A grant for telling history

Cowboy exhibit at 2009 Dragonfly Gala
© Carlos Puma for the Center

Dorothy Ramon Learning Center has received a $1,000 mini-grant from the California Council for the Promotion of History.

Thank you to the council for funding our project on Indian cowboys!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dragonfly Gala

This year's Dragonfly Gala was a wonderful gathering of people devoted to saving and sharing Southern California's Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts.

We thank all those who came, all those who volunteered, all those who helped us celebrate these cultures. We were honored to present our Dragonfly Award for high-soaring achievements to Dr. Lowell John Bean.

Stay tuned for gala photos!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Gala in the News

Roman Catholic Church at Morongo Reservation,
Courtesy of Banning Public Library

Read about the Dragonfly Gala
and its theme of historic photos HERE.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Not Silent About the Silent Auction

A few items from our upcoming Aug. 13
Dragonfly Gala Silent Auction:

Hopi sterling silver dragonfly necklace

Dragonfly candle holder

Long Native American abalone, seed, and bead necklace

beaded belt buckle

Native American beaded necklace + earrings

Bolo ties galore

Mini gourd rattle (traditional music instrument) ... it works

Zuni-style dragonfly pottery

necklace + earrings, sterling silver inlaid with stone

Glass art tray by Blue Dog Arts

Collectible horse
Another view

large oil by Warsoldier from the Wild Mustang Series

Large art glass bowl

Don't miss the Silent Auction.
Don't miss the Gala!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Join Us!

Illustration by Gerald Clarke, Jr. for The Center © 2011

It's time for the annual Dragonfly Gala.
Time to celebrate
our Southern California Native American cultures.

This year our gala theme is
Shadowcatchers: Old Photographs.
Native American images often are missing from institutions and from the history books.
This year our gala will feature photo displays and ways to save old photographs.

We're also encouraging participants to bring COPIES of photos to the gala.
Everyone will help us assemble a
Native American photo exhibit.
This will emphasize the importance of saving and sharing these photos, and how much they are needed to keep history accurate.
YES, your old family photos are important.

Along with the displays, we'll share memories and stories.

This year we are honoring anthropologist Dr. Lowell Bean with our Dragonfly Award for high-soaring achievements in saving and sharing Native American cultures.
We're really thrilled and hope you can join us.
We expect to see some grandchildren of Native people he worked with years ago, perhaps bringing their own grandchildren to help honor him.

Other gala events to look forward to:

© Carlos Puma for the Center

FOOD. Eat a delicious BBQ dinner prepared by William Pink and family.

© Carlos Puma for the Center

MUSIC. Traditional bird singing and dancing always add joy to our gala.
Flute music adds serenity and beauty.

© Carlos Puma for the Center

GREAT STUFF in our SILENT AUCTION. Don't miss the eclectic and beautiful Native American and dragonfly-related items.

4-8 p.m. Aug. 13, Morongo Community Center.
PLEASE RSVP: 951 849-4676 or
TICKETS: $45 individual; Tables, $1,000, $2,000, $3,000.
All proceeds help our 501(c)(3) nonprofit keep growing.

Our gala is a way to help keep our families and communities healthy.
When you join us in saving the past and sharing cultural and traditional knowledge in the present, together we will keep our future strong.