Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Top 5 things to do at the Dragonfly Gala

Fly with the Dragonflies! 
Join us in celebrating Southern California’s Native American cultures on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, with delicious foods, traditional music, exhibits, and arts at the annual Dragonfly Gala. This year's gala celebrates "Our Native Homelands," especially the Native American relationships with Southern California's unique and beautiful landscapes.

Here are the top 5 things to do at the Gala!
 1. Connect with "Our Native Homelands" through hands-on cultural exhibits. 
Barbara Drake teaches Native uses of native plants for foods, medicines, and more.
This year visit with Barbara Drake, an elder who shares Native uses of plants as foods, medicines, and more; Morongo Cultural Resources Department and Morongo School; Malki Museum; several regional wilderness land conservancies, and more.

2.  Eat a delicious dinner. Yum, traditional pit BBQ beef cooked by the Mathews family, and yes! feast on some favorite foods made by Cahuilla elder Jenny Lyons.

3. Enjoy traditional Native American music. The gala is the place to be for bird singing and dancing.
Dragonfly Gala 2018, Carlos Puma photo
4. Shop! Bid on eclectic and artistic finds at our famous silent auction.

5. Bring a dragonfly (handmade, art, what have you) and take home a dragonfly in the Community Dragonfly Exchange. 

Dragonfly Gala 2018, Carlos Puma photo
Most importantly, join our community celebrating our Southern California Native American cultures. The Learning Center’s Dragonfly Award for soaring achievements in saving and sharing Native American cultures this year goes to educator, storyteller, and ethnobotanist Kat High. 
Kat High at our Native Voices Poetry Festival (Carlos Puma Photo)
Tickets are $50 each; tables are $1,000, $2,000, $3,000.
4-8 p.m. Aug. 10, 2019
Morongo Community Center, Morongo Reservation.

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