Here's 5 reasons why we see so many of the same faces among more than 300 people, year after year ...
1. We're Intertribal. People of all ages, from cultures both Native and non-Native, from all walks of life, gather to celebrate and support the work to save and share Southern California's own Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts. The Gala includes exhibits by tribes and Culture Bearers, traditional music, and traditional foods.
|2014 Morongo Cultural Resources Exhibit (Carlos Puma Photo)|
|2014 San Manuel Serrano game (Carlos Puma Photo)|
2. The Food is Amazing.
|Carlos Puma Photo of the Chia Café chefs|
3. Our Silent Auction is Epic.
|Silent Auction Photo by Carlos Puma|
One-of-a-kind. Beautiful. Eclectic. Native handcrafted arts. Dragonfly items. Pottery. Jewelry. Shop, shop, shop. Don't miss it.
4. We Sing. We Dance.
Just as Southern California people have done for centuries.
|Bird dancers of all ages (Carlos Puma Photo)|
|James Ramos (left), 2014 honoree, with Ernest Siva|
5. We honor someone each year for soaring cultural achievements
|Carlos Puma Photo|
The 2015 Dragonfly Award goes to Walter Holmes, Jr., leader of the Morongo Bird Singers and Dancers. (center, wearing hat).