Moompetam- Gathering of the Salt Water People -"Join the coastal tribes of California in a celebration of their culture at the Aquarium of the Pacific." Hosted & Sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific as an annual event.

Come and join us for one of the most unique cultural events in Southern California. Our 5th annual Native American Festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People is a celebration of indigenous California Indian maritime cultures, including Ajachemem, Chumash, Costanoan, Luiseño, kumeyaay and Tongva. Come enjoy traditional songs and dances, crafts demonstrations, educational programs, storytelling, and a colorful array of indigenous Pacific Ocean life."Moompetam" means "People of the Ocean" in Pipiimar/Tongva/Gabrielino. 

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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Schedule to be determine 2-3 weeks  before date
but tentatively the same.** 

 

Saturday September 20th 2014

10:00 a.m.  Cahuilla Bird Songs, Joseph Ontiveros* / Honda Blue Cavern

10:40 a.m.  Cahuilla Bird Songs, Joseph Ontiveros* / Honda Blue Cavern

11:00 a.m.  Chumash Traditions by Marcus Lopez* / Ocean Theater

11:30 a.m.  Cultural Storytelling, Mena Moreno* / Marine Life Theater

11:45 a.m.  Chumash Family Singers* / Honda Blue Cavern

12:10 p.m.  Whales: A Journey with Giants with live presentation by Jacob Gutierrez* / Honda Blue Cavern

12:20 p.m.  Journeys to the Past, Jacque Nuñez* / Honda Blue Cavern

12:30 p.m.  Cultural Storytelling, Dee Dominguez* / Marine Life Theater

12:55 p.m.  Singing and Musical Instruments, Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California* / Honda Blue Cavern

1:30 p.m.    Whales: A Journey with Giants with live presentation by Jacob Gutierrez* / Honda Blue Cavern

1:30 p.m.    Cultural Storytelling, Jacque Nuñez* / Marine Life Theater

1:40 p.m.    Tongva Singing & Dancing with Toveema – Virginia Carmelo & Family* / Honda Blue Cavern

2:30 p.m.    Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians* / Honda Blue Cavern

2:30 p.m.    Cultural Storytelling, Chumash Family Storytellers* / Marine Life Theater

3:00 p.m.    Whales: A Journey with Giants with live presentation by Jacque Nuñez* / Honda Blue Cavern

3:10 p.m.    Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers* / Honda Blue Cavern

3:30 p.m.    Cultural Storytelling, Stan Rodriguez* / Marine Life Theater

4:00 p.m.    Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers* / Honda Blue Cavern

 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Schedule to be determine 2-3 weeks  before date
but tentatively the same.**  

 

 

Sunday

10:00 a.m.  Acjachemen songs by Adelia Sandoval & The Tushmalum Heleqatuum Singers* / Honda Blue Cavern

10:40 a.m.  Tongva Singing & Dancing with Toveema – Virginia Carmelo & Family* / Honda Blue Cavern

11:00 a.m.  Chumash Traditions by Marcus Lopez* / Ocean Theater

11:30 a.m.  Cultural Storytelling, Mena Moreno* / Marine Life Theater

11:45 a.m.  Singing and Musical Instruments, Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California* / Honda Blue Cavern

12:10 p.m.  Whales: A Journey with Giants with live presentation by Jacob Gutierrez* / Honda Blue Cavern

12:20 p.m.  Chumash Family Singers* / Honda Blue Cavern

12:30 p.m.  Cultural Storytelling, Dee Dominguez* / Marine Life Theater

12:55 p.m.  Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians* / Honda Blue Cavern

1:30 p.m.    Whales: A Journey with Giants with live presentation by Jacob Gutierrez* / Honda Blue Cavern

1:40 p.m.    Heritage Award presentation honoring Tony Cerda* / Honda Blue Cavern

2:30 p.m.    Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians* / Honda Blue Cavern

2:30 p.m.    Cultural Storytelling, Chumash Family Storytellers* / Marine Life Theater

3:00 p.m.    Whales: A Journey with Giants with live presentation by Jacob Gutierrez* / Honda Blue Cavern

3:10 p.m.    Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers* / Honda Blue Cavern

3:30 p.m.    Cultural Storytelling, Stan Rodriguez* / Marine Life Theater

4:00 p.m.    Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers* / Honda Blue Cavern

 

Cultural Demonstrations and Activities  / Great Hall

 

Tongva Soapstone Necklaces - Julia Bogany

Cahuilla Cultural Materials – Blossom Hathaway 

Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum – Juaneno Cultural Museum -Domingo Belardes

Tongva Cultural Materials – Virginia Carmelo & Family

Ataham Arts Cultural Display - Michael Bracamontes

Tongva Hunting and Warriors Materials - Kevin Nunez

Kitanemuk Chumash Yowlumne Tejon Indians Basket Weaving  - Dee Dominguez

Acjachemen Ethnobotany Display - Abe Sanchez

Tongva Language and Cultural Display – Jacob Gutierrez, Keepers of Indigenous Ways

 

Cultural Demonstrations and Activities / Plaza in Front of Aquarium

Please get a hand stamp at the exit for re-entry to the Aquarium.

 

Chumash Tomol Plank Canoe Display

Chumash Maritime Association / Ray Ward

CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

·         Chumash Cultural Display with Children’s Craft - Oscar Ortiz

·         Round Reed Basket Making – Lorene Sisquoc

·         Coastal Native American Cultural Materials and Children’s Games- Heidi Perez

·         Children’s Game Activities – Trish Rios (Sunday only)

·         Kumeyaay Cultural Activities – Stan Rodriguez

·         Tule Dolls Workshop – Gloria Liggett – 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

 

Cultural Demonstrations and Activities  / Outside Tropical Pacific Gallery 2nd Floor

American Indian Healing Center (Saturday only)


 

 

Heritage Award for 2013

Tony Cerda- Chief of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe

in recognition of dedicated service to Native American communities

Please join us at 1:40 p.m. Sunday at Honda Blue Cavern for the Heritage Award Ceremony

2014 Heritage Award to be determined 2-3 weeks  before September 21,2014

 

 

 

All programs subject to change & weather dependent.

Ocean Theater—See kiosk for shows and times.

 

 

   

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Moompetam- Gathering of the Salt Water People

Is annual event held at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Come and join us for one of the most unique cultural events in Southern California. Our10th annual Native American Festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People is a celebration of indigenous California Indian maritime cultures, including Ajachemem, Chumash, Costanoan, Luiseño, and Tongva. Come enjoy traditional songs and dances, crafts demonstrations, educational programs, storytelling, and a colorful array of indigenous Pacific Ocean life."Moompetam" means "of the Ocean" in Pipiimar/Tongva/Gabrielino.