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Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Native American Festival (Giveaway)

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Envision what our region was like several hundreds of years ago and learn about the various tribes that maintain their historical connection to the ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The twelfth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 2016.

This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures.

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Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. 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, deeply respected the ocean. The ocean environment is reflected in all aspects of their cultures.

WHEN:
Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 2016, 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—$29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members

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SCHEDULE:
Saturday: Cultural Music, Dance
10:30 a.m. Cultural Storytelling, Mena Moreno
10:40 a.m. Journeys to the Past, Jacque Nuñez
11:00 a.m. Chumash Traditions by Marcus Lopez
11:45 a.m. Chumash Family Singers
12:10 p.m. Tongva Cultural Presentation, Jacob Gutierrez
12:20 p.m. Tongva Singing & Dancing with Toveema – Virginia Carmelo & Family
12:30 p.m. Cultural Storytelling, Dee Dominguez
12:55 p.m. Singing and Musical Instruments, Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California
1:40 p.m. Coastal Indigenous Children’s Activities and Stories, Jacque Nuñez
2:30 p.m. Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
3:00 p.m. Tongva Cultural Presentation, Jacob Gutierrez
3:10 p.m. Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers
3:30 p.m. Cultural Storytelling, Chumash Family Storytellers
4:00 p.m. Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers

Sunday: Cultural Music, Dance, and Heritage Award
10:00 a.m. Acjachemen songs by Adelia Sandoval & The Tushmalum Heleqatuum Singers
10:30 a.m. Cultural Storytelling, Mena Moreno
10:40 a.m. Tongva Singing & Dancing with Toveema – Virginia Carmelo & Family
11:00 a.m. Chumash Traditions by Marcus Lopez
11:45 a.m. Chumash Family Singers
12:10 p.m. Tongva Cultural Presentation, Jacob Gutierrez
12:20 p.m. Singing and Musical Instruments, Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California
12:30 p.m. Cultural Storytelling, Stan Rodriguez
12:55 p.m. Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
1:40 p.m. Heritage Award presentation honoring Deborah Sanchez
2:30 p.m. Tribal Singers & Dancers, Tribal Leader Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales & the Gabrieleño/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
3:00 p.m. Tongva Cultural Presentation, Jacob Gutierrez
3:10 p.m. Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers
3:30 p.m. Cultural Storytelling, Chumash Family Storytellers
4:00 p.m. Costanoan Rumsen Dance with Tony Cerda & The Humaya Singers

Photos are courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific

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8 Comments

  1. My favorite is definitely being able to touch the top of the jelly fish my kids love petting the sharks 😊

  2. I love the Leafy Sea Dragons. They’re so pretty!

  3. sting ray

  4. Love seeing the sting rays at the aquarium!

  5. It on our list to visit…thanks for the giveaway!

  6. The boys love to see baby sharks! Good luck everyone!❤

  7. Shark

  8. I love the jelly fish and manta rays!

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