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The Bear Dance is important to the people. It’s a time of confirmation of family ties and friendship. It establishes our ongoing actions with the universe and puts us in touch with the land and animals in our immediate surroundings.
In December, we had a beautiful weekend working with StoryCorps and our friends at the Maidu Museum in Roseville to document some of the dynamic oral histories of Native California.
I created this recipe years ago and make it for all our community activities. It is now a favorite meal up and down the rivers for events and ceremonies.
At a recent symposium, an Australian aborigine woman addressed the crowd of educators, historians, anthropolo- gists, and other native folks. She asked, “Do you know who you are? We know who we are—we are at one with the land!”
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum made this series of posters to celebrate several of the Cahuilla elders who were instrumental in keep Bird Songs alive and engaging new generations in their traditions of singing and dancing in Southern California. The faces of these elders are the faces of cultural revitalization.
Rose valley is situated on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, bordered by Owens Lake to the north, Little Lake and Indian Wells Valley to the south, and the Coso Mountains to the east. For many travelers the valley is just a layover on the way to one of these landmarks, but for many Natives and a few informed scientists this area is much more important in the realm of great antiquity and spirituality.
Remembershing David Belardes and Jane Thing-Dumas