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Aquarium of the Pacific 13th Annual Native American Festival

Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The thirteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017. 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. 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 16-17, 2017, 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. Save $10 on admission to the festival here.

GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets to the festival by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner by September 12th. Tickets are only valid during the festival dates. Good Luck!

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  1. What a great giveaway! I’d love to win tickets to this awesome event. Thanks for featuring it!

  2. My daughter loves the aquarium!

  3. My kids love the aquarium. Thank you for the chance.

  4. My Favorite place Ever! Love the Aquarium atmosphere!!

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