Tribal citizen Aaron Martin holds the Tataviam Nation’s Flag during the Grand Entry at the 2018 CSUN Powwow. Photo by Timothy Ryan Ornelas, Tataviam

On Saturday, November 24, 2018, the Tribe opened the 35th Annual California State University Northridge Powwow.

This special event, hosted by the CSUN American Indian Studies Program, celebrated American Indian dance and music, children’s craft activities, arts and crafts vendors, frybread culture, friendship, and family.

Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr. (right), Vice President Mark Villaseñor (center) sing traditional songs to open the gathering. Joined by Tribal citizen Aaron Martin (left), CSUN Powwow, 2018. Photo by Timothy Ryan Ornelas, Tataviam

Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr. provided an invocation and information on the Tribe’s culture, lineage system, and complex history. President Ortega provided an acknowledgment of ancestral lands and a warm welcoming of other Tribal nations to the area. The Tribe’s Flag was also represented in the Grand Entry, which was held proudly by Tribal Citizen Aaron Martin.

Traditional dancer Bella Rodriguez, HoChunk Nation of Wisconsin (Right), holding Tribal citizen Madeline Ovendio (Left) at the CSUN Powwow, 2018. Photo by Timothy Ryan Ornelas, Tataviam

The annual powwow occupies lands just north of a major village in Fernandeño Tataviam Tribal Territory. The village, Suitcanga, from which over 70% of Fernandeño Tataviam citizens descend, is now known as the present-day community of Encino – the spanish translation of Live Oak, traditionally called siutca.