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Native American Culture

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Event tags: Desert Institute, Joshua Tree, Native American, Culture


Don’t miss this chance to hear about what it being done to preserve and revitalize Native American cultures. Phil Klasky, professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and Director of the Storyscape Project of the Cultural Conservancy, an indigenous rights organization and tribal elder Matthew Leivas Sr. (Chemehuevi), will discuss local Native American history and cultural preservation in this two-day field class. Klasky and Leivas will focus on how tribal communities are reclaiming their languages, stories, songs, and ancestral lands. Participants will learn about the Salt Song Trail Project and view the award-winning film (Best Documentary Short/2005 American Indian Film Festival) The Salt Song Trail. The instructors will also share their efforts to protect the sacred landscapes of the Southern Paiute people of Southwest, which includes the purchase of land for a nature and cultural preserve. Participants will learn about the connection between cultural preservation, environmental protection, and the revitalization of traditional indigenous farming techniques and foods. On Sunday, Leivas will perform some of the Chemehuevi songs for the class at the Oasis of Mara.

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Joshua Tree Gateway Communities, Palm Springs & Coachella Valley, Las Vegas Area, Southern Utah, Inland Empire & Victor Valley, SoCal Mountains & Pass Areas