Friday, September 16, 2011


It was a fun Second Saturday with Barbara Drake (Tongva) and the California Turtle & Tortoise Club Inland Empire Chapter ... and a couple friends.

The Serrano Indian word for tortoise = Qerperc
The Cahuilla Indian word for tortoise = I'yeel

Our friends from the California Turtle & Tortoise Club

Barbara Drake uses a tortoise shell to tell about the 13 moons on a tortoise's back: a calendar.

Fun crafts for all ages ... a felt tortoise, and a pinhole drawing

Free family fun! Missed this second Saturday?

Come to the next. Or come again!

Second Saturday Sidewalk Storytelling
OCTOBER! Oct. 8 1-4 p.m.
Fall is here, an important time for the First People. Come discover more with Ernest Siva (Cahuilla/Serrano). Crafts. Free family fun.
Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, corner of San Gorgonio Ave. and Hays St., Banning, CA
We save and share Southern California Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Thirteen Moons on a Tortoise's Back

© Pat Murkland

We're celebrating turtles and tortoises ...
so, don't poke along, please hurry to join us.
We're having a special Second Saturday Sidewalk Storytelling this coming Saturday, September 10.

Elder Barbara Drake (Tongva) will share traditional stories about turtles and tortoises, which are important to Native American cultures throughout Southern California.

A representative from the California Turtle & Tortoise Club and a desert tortoise also will be on hand to meet and greet you.

Come learn all about California's state reptile and other turtles and tortoises.

The club is looking for homes interested in adopting rescued desert tortoises and other turtle and tortoise rescues.
Could that be you?
Come learn about these interesting reptiles and fill out an adoption application.

Come for an afternoon of free family fun.
Enjoy crafts for kids!

Saturday, September 10, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, corner of San Gorgonio Avenue and Hays Street