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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Native Americans Drum, Dance in Local Canyon to Celebrate Spring’s “Awakening”

Video below

Tongva, Chumash, Navajo, and Choctaw were among the Native American nations represented Saturday in Eaton Canyon as a mini-powow celebrated the awakening of Spring and the culture and crafts of their tribes.

The festival at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center was last hosted in 2009, but “reinvigorated” and brought back this year, said Brenda Hurst, a volunteer docent naturalist with the Center.

The festival presented tribal drummers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Native artists and crafters showed handcrafted tools, jewelry and art upholding tribal traditions.

Presenters from local wildlife organizations brought with them indigenous creatures including two wolves and a number of snakes.

This Program was presented by Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates in partnership with County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, in the Supervisorial District of Michael D. Antonovich.

For more information about the Center, see the Eaton Canyon Nature Associates website. SEE VIDEO BELOW

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