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Ernest Siva

Three decades of culture, sharing, and friendships

Three decades of culture, sharing, and friendships By Terria Smith   Tears were shed, memories were shared, and of course there was a lot of laughter at the 30th anniversary magazine release celebration for News from Native California. Our quarterly magazine published by Heyday and devoted to California’s indigenous peoples, was founded by Malcolm Margolin, David Peri, and Vera Mae Fredrickson as a bi-monthly ma...
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In Our Languages – Serrano

In Our Languages – Serrano Hair-Grabbing Dance   ‘Im ‘uviht Maarrênga’yam ‘ip kiikam herheermim kwenemu’ hakup wuuwerham chikt perner’wi’ ‘ip wecerham qac. Long ago there used to be nothing but Serrano shamans here.   Chikt kwenemu’ perner’wi’ herheermim ‘ip qace’. There were nothing but shamans here.   Aam kwana ‘uviht heermca’cu’ pa’pa’yu’ mit hayp, peenyu tervaf hayp ‘ip. They would dance thei...
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2016 Native Voices Poetry Festival: Stories, Good Nature & Friends

2016 Native Voices Poetry Festival: Stories, Good Nature & Friends Written by Terria Smith Ernest Siva quieted every person in the San Manuel Gathering Hall with the sound of his gourd rattle and warm singing. He told us that all gatherings there are opened with a song, “They are our books, our literature.” Each and every time I get the privilege to listen to Ernest speak, I learn something very valuable and spec...
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Native American Arts Festival Week: “Reimagining Our Stories: Storytelling in the 21st Century,”

June 28–July 4 Native American Arts Festival Week: “Reimagining Our Stories: Storytelling in the 21st Century,” Idyllwild. Performances, films, lectures, exhibits. Past festival guests included Cahuilla birdsingers, Ernest Siva, Gerald Clarke, Joe Baker, Freddie Bitsoie, Phillip Espinoza, Jessica Metcalfe, and more. Free and open to the public. Visit www.idyllwildarts.org or call (951) 659-2171, ext. 2365, for full s...
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UCR focuses Medicine Ways Conference on “Language: Revitalization of Culture”

UCR focuses Medicine Ways Conference on “Language: Revitalization of Culture” By Terria Smith The critical need for the revitalization of indigenous language was the forefront topic at the University of California Riverside’s 34th annual Medicine Ways Conference. The conference opened with a blessing and keynote that was given by cultural educator and musician Ernest Siva (Serrano/Cahuilla). “The Medicine Ways Confer...
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