ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2015 the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and Pukúu Cultural Community Services co-hosted the annual Winter Social Gathering at Las Palmas Park for over 150 attendees.
Since 1968, this event has combined the traditional indigenous gathering for the winter solstice with the contemporary Christmas celebration.
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The day kicked off with melodies from Cahuilla/Serrano bird singers from Santa Rosa, Rincon, and San Ysabel Indian reservations that echoed through the gymnasium walls and was led by ceremonial leader Kim Marcus, followed by a special appearance from Santa Claus for a magical photo opportunity in a tribally-inspired winter wonderland.
Guests were then greeted by Rincon Indian Reservation Youth Storytellers, whose participants created a culturally rich atmosphere through their stories. Finally, the event nominated a winner for the very Ugly Sweater Contest, which brought waves of laughter through the gymnasium.
The event was filled with delicious grub from the guests, who all participated in the potluck and brought their favorite dishes from home.
Attendees were also surrounded by informative tables, such as the Pukúu table that had Corn Husk dolls and storytelling by Sylvia Mendivil Salazar, and the TAMIT table that included information about the Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation department, the cultural center called Haramokngna, as well as the Tribal Senate body.
Additionally, there were tables dedicated to TAMIT activities, such as coloring sheets that teach native languages, the grinding of acorn into we’wish (acorn mush) by Kim Marcus, and traditional pump drill and acorn grinding.[lsvr_gallery images=”1829,1828,1824,1816″ items_per_row=”4″ size=”large” masonry=”yes” click_action=”lightbox”]
Here’s to another successful Winter Social Gathering!
This 2015 Winter Social Gathering event was sponsored by: 30/30 Fitness, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of MissionIndians, Hammer Toyota, Los Angeles Dodgers, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Pukúu Cultural Community Services, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.