PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 14, 2012

6th Annual Intertribal Gathering

The Chumash Indian Museum is excited to present their 6th Annual Intertribal Gathering, on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th, celebrating Chumash culture with an interactive endeavor between the Chumash and other Native American communities' artists and the public.

Throughout the weekend the Chumash Indian Museum will treat visitors to a wide range of performances and activities including storytelling, music performances, an arts market and instructional sessions (basket weaving, traditional jewelry making, and iconography/painting) and more. Performers and Artisans include:

· Alan Salazar - Ventureno-Chumash elder and founding member of Chumash Maritime Association will serve as Master of Ceremonies

· Gil and Jay Unzueta - a tribal elder, multi-media artist, and descendent of the last known speaker of the Barbareno Chumash language, will be on hand to tell centuries-old stories and lead tribal dancers.

· David Dominguez - Author

· Rosemary Lopez - traditional jewelry maker

· Ramona Cano-Siegel and Tima - museum quality basket makers

· Tony Ayala - noted soapstone carver

· Lew Silva (a Chumash elder) - flute player/jewelry maker

· Intertribal Singers - performances

· Torres Martinez Bird Singers (Cahuilla Tribe)

· Ernestine De Soto (Chumash Elder, author, Chumash linguist)

The Chumash Indian Museum, a 501c3 entity, exists to educate the public to the history, traditions and on-going activities of the California Native American tribe, the CHUMASH INDIANS. The Chumash Indian Museum is located on the archaeologically significant grounds of the Oakbrook Regional Park, and features exhibitions, a reconstructed native village and extensive, explorable, native plant parklands giving visitors a unique insight into what life was like when the Chumash Indians were the only people to inhabit over 7,000 square miles of what is now California. For at least 3000 years, the Chumash tribe has made their home in territory that once spanned from the beaches of Malibu and the Channel Islands to Paso Robles on the west coast, to the inland edge of the San Joaquin Valley.

The recent discovery of incredible, centuries old cave pictographs on the property make the Chumash Indian Museum a culturally significant must-see for the kids and adults of Southern California on a year-round basis.



Admission: $5 Adult, $3 Seniors & Children under 12

*all proceeds go to the preservation and addition of exhibits*




Phone: 805 492 807

The “Kiyus’ismon hil Kuhku” event which translates in Chumash to “We Gather the People” is sponsored by Nomad Two Worlds Foundation, an organization established by celebrated art and fashion photographer Russell James to support and promote artists from Indigenous and marginalized communities worldwide. Nomad Two Worlds Foundation counts many A-list celebrities among its supporters. The event is additionally supported by the City of Thousand Oaks and Walmart.


The Chumash Indian Museum is a historical site and living history center. The museum is dedicated to restoring and preserving an awareness of the Chumash people and their historical, cultural, material and present-day influence as well as the natural environment and historical significance of the site. Through exhibits, events and educational programs the Chumash Indian Museum serves as a gathering place for a partnership with native and non-native communities connecting the past with the present to continue our shared future.


Nomad Two Worlds Foundation supports artists from Indigenous and marginalized communities around the world to participate in local, national and international performance and promotional opportunities to develop their careers as artists, promotes these artists as positive role models for their communities, delivers community based art projects that create collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups, and promotes, funds, improves and expands delivery of arts programming in Indigenous and marginalized communities.

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