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11th Annual Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Native American Festival

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Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

It is time for the 11th Annual Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Native American Festival this weekend, September 19-20th from 9am to 5pm. Several tribes will be represented at the Aquarium through live music and dance, cultural craft presentations, and artifacts of daily life

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Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island indigenous people of Southern California, the ocean has always been a sacred entity. The maritime native peoples that inhabited ocean waters for thousands of years, including the Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay, were taught to deeply respect the ocean. The ocean environment is reflected in all aspects of their cultures.

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Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, September 19-20, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST: Moompetam is included with general admission—$28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members INFO: (562) 590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org

Schedule of Events

Saturday
10:30 a.m. Cultural Storytelling, Mena Moreno / Marine Life Theater
10:40 a.m.Journeys to the Past, Jacque Nuñez / Honda Blue Cavern
11:00 a.m.Chumash Traditions by Marcus Lopez / Ocean Theater
11:45 a.m.Coastal Indigenous Children’s Activities and Stories, Jacque Nuñez / 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.Tongva Singing & Dancing with Toveema – Virginia Carmelo & Family / Honda Blue Cavern
12:30 p.m.Chumash Cultural Storytelling, Alan Salazar / 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
1:40 p.m.Heritage Award presentation honoring Jacque Nunez / 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
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, Dee Dominguez / Marine Life Theater
4:00 p.m.Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers / Honda Blue Cavern

Sunday
10:30 a.m. Cultural Storytelling, Mena Moreno / Marine Life Theater
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
11:45 a.m.Tongva Singing & Dancing with Toveema – Virginia Carmelo & Family / Honda Blue Cavern / 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.Singing and Musical Instruments, Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California / Honda Blue Cavern
12:30 p.m.Chumash Cultural Storytelling, Alan Salazar / 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
1:40 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.Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians / Honda Blue Cavern
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

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