Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Chemehuevi Song: Dragonfly Lecture November 16

The Oasis of Mara
The new book, A Chemehuevi Song: The Resilience of a Southern Paiute Tribe, brings together a chorus of Native American voices, both past and present, to narrate the story of tireless efforts to gain tribal recognition and autonomy. 

Please join Clifford E. Trafzer, distinguished professor of history at UC Riverside, also the Rupert Costo Chair in American History, as he shares the story of the power of perseverance in a Dragonfly Lecture at 6 p.m. November 16, 2015, at 127 N. San Gorgonio Ave., Banning. 

Your $5 will help the nonprofit Dorothy Ramon Learning Center save and share Southern California's Native American cultures, history, languages, and traditional arts. Information: 951.849.7736.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

5 Reasons to Love Our Dragonfly Gala

Dorothy Ramon Learning Center's 12th Dragonfly Gala is Saturday, August 8, starting at 4 p.m. at Morongo Community Center.
Here's 5 reasons why we see so many of the same faces among more than 300 people, year after year ...

1. We're Intertribal.  People of all ages, from cultures both Native and non-Native, from all walks of life, gather to celebrate and support the work to save and share Southern California's own Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts. The Gala includes exhibits by tribes and Culture Bearers, traditional music, and traditional foods.
2014 Morongo Cultural Resources Exhibit (Carlos Puma Photo)

2014 San Manuel Serrano game (Carlos Puma Photo)

2. The Food is Amazing.
Carlos Puma Photo of the Chia Café chefs 
You can have your typical banquet food. The Dragonfly Gala is catered by Chia Café, which is devoted to restoring and sharing the arts of indigenous traditional foods. Along with turkey and beef barbecued underground, homemade tortillas and beans, and other mouth-watering foods, past galas have featured rabbit stew, unusual and delicious salads made with wild greens, side-dish staples such as cactus pads and yucca, and other delicious and nutritious Native foods. Oh, and the desserts are to die for.

3. Our Silent Auction is Epic.
Silent Auction Photo by Carlos Puma

One-of-a-kind. Beautiful. Eclectic. Native handcrafted arts. Dragonfly items. Pottery. Jewelry. Shop, shop, shop. Don't miss it.

4.  We Sing. We Dance.
Just as Southern California people have done for centuries.
Bird dancers of all ages (Carlos Puma Photo)

James Ramos (left), 2014 honoree, with Ernest Siva

5. We honor someone each year for soaring cultural achievements

Carlos Puma Photo

The 2015  Dragonfly Award goes to Walter Holmes, Jr., leader of the Morongo Bird Singers and Dancers. (center, wearing hat).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Explore the Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire near Las Vegas has some of the most dramatic petroglyphs in the West. Add petrified wood and other natural beauties, and Nevada's oldest state park beckons and invites you to explore. Come for an armchair tour at our next Dragonfly Lecture. Dr. Stephenie Slahor will describe the geology, history and flora and fauna of Valley of Fire, and will emphasize the rich archaeological petroglyphs that abound in the park. 

DETAILS: Monday, April 13, 2015, 6:00 pm, San Manuel Gathering Hall at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center,127 N. San Gorgonio Ave., Banning. Information: 951.849.7736. Your $5 helps us save and share Native Cultures.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

1960s Folk Music!

Pete Seeger! Marais and Miranda. Sam Hinton. What memories they trigger, and what songs. Cynthia Rinehart’s family came to the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA) every summer when she was a child. A summer at ISOMATA was full of these special people. She will share some of their songs as well as songs sung each summer. Join us for a program of folk songs suitable for all ages, including some sing-alongs! Our 4th Sunday concert on March 22, 2015, will be a special one, starting at 3 p.m. at 127 N. San Gorgonio Ave., Banning. Your $10 supports Dorothy Ramon Learning Center's programs to save and share Native American cultures. Information: 951.849.7736.

Memories of Banning, CA, military veterans

These Banning, CA, residents signed up to serve in the "Great War," later known as World War I. Don Robinson will share some military memories from Banning's history at our Dragonfly Lecture on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 6 p.m. at 127 N. San Gorgonio Ave., Banning. Your $5 supports our nonprofit programs to save and share Southern California's Native American cultures.