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The Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Native American Festival

The Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Native American Festival

Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Envision what our region was like centuries ago, and learn about the various tribes that maintain their historical connection to the ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People.

The Aquarium’s tenth annual Native American festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, 2014. 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 as well as other activities inspired by local maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural objects, 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, were taught to deeply respect the ocean. The ocean environment is reflected in all aspects of their cultures.

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WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, September 20-21, 2014, 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+) $18.95 with coupon, $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members

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One Comment

  1. I love to come over to your Native American Festival!!!! Can you schedule that kind of Festival, here in McAllen, Texas, Please? Thank You!!!

    -Ms. Olivia Quijano, (Keyhonno).

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