Four Central Coast Tribes Come Together to Host “Supak’a: Sharing Chumash Culture” at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

On November 11, 2017, four local Chumash tribes will come together to host a day of traditional Chumash activities and educational opportunities for their communities and the public to enjoy. This event serves to celebrate Chumash culture, showcase the revitalization efforts of Chumash communities and the rich traditions of the indigenous peoples of this region, and honor those Chumash veterans who have served our country. Involved in the gathering are four Chumash tribes from around the tri-counties area: the Barbareño Band of Chumash Indians, Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, and yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is set to offer its serene setting for the event, with activities scattered throughout the grounds. Demonstrations and activities will include basket weaving, flintknapping, storytelling, dancing, singing, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about traditional Chumash foods, play traditional Chumash games, and purchase native Chumash jewelry and other goods.

This is the second event of its kind being held at the Museum and the perfect chance for the public to immerse themselves in Chumash culture. There will be a panel session focused on best practices for teaching Chumash curriculum in the classroom, and a second panel session to discuss the different tribes’ ongoing journey with language revitalization.

It is a FREE admission day at the Museum and the festivities will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History strives to instill a passion for learning and discovery among its patrons. The museum aims to build relationships with the Santa Barbara community as well as encourage members and all visitors to seek a better understanding of the world around them. For more information, call (805) 682-4711 or visit www.sbnature.org.

 

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