This year, the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference will be celebrated virtually. We welcome you and anyone who wishes to educate themselves on Indigenous peoples to view our programming.
These videos are intended to share the presenters’ own culture and values and demonstrate tribal traditions including bird singing, the making of cordage, and traditional basket weaving.
The village is the center to which the lives of Native people were traditionally tied. In order for the village to survive, each person dedicated themselves to its daily function. The lessons imparted in the day’s activities will be brought together as the village comes to life in interactive theatrical performances demonstrating how plants, music, crafts and language all define California Indian life.
Contrary to popular belief, not all Indians used drums for music. Southern California Indians perform music called Bird Songs with gourd rattles. The Bird Songs tell of the creation, animals seen during the migration of the birds, and other important narratives. Students will listen to and partake in bird singing and dancing.
Students will be introduced to the native language of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
A basket weaver will explain how these artisans utilize plant materials gathered from the natural environment to continue artistic and cultural traditions.
Students will learn firsthand about the use of plant materials to make the cordage used in baskets, shelters and tools.
Cordage is also used in games, teaching children stories and creative ways to perpetuate cultural narratives.