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SANTA BARBARA– Supak’a: Sharing Chumash Culture

November 11, 2017 @ 2:00 am8:00 am

SANTA BARBARA– 2017 marks the second annual Chumash Gathering. Participating tribes include 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). All of the activities for the festival will take place at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History: creekside among the riparian woodland lining the banks of Mission Creek, in Farrand Hall, and in the Chumash Hall. Highlights for the November 11, 2017 event include an opening and closing ceremony led by a Chumash elder and musical and storytelling sessions. In addition, guests will learn about Chumash culture through ongoing interactions, including: a built to scale tomol (boat) replica, Chumash language revitalization videos, four tribal information booths (one for each tribe),  Cuyama revitalization project exhibit panels, 2 discussion panels (one about Chumash Education Curriculum and the other is about Chumash Language revitalization), native craft activities and games, basketweaving and cordage-making demonstrations, and three Chumash vendors selling Native jewelry and other goods. Activities include: Singing, Dancing, Storytelling, Basketweaving, Crafts, Games and much more! For more information, go to or contact Stefanie Coleman, Community Education Manager, 805-682-4711 x170, This event is sponsored in part by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and the Dr. Christel Bejenke Fund. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit


November 11, 2017
2:00 am – 8:00 am


Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 United States
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