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Community members celebrate 13th annual Chumash Culture Day

Posted at 1:25 PM, Oct 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-19 23:37:17-04

Visitors and community members gathered Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 13th annual Chumash Culture Day at the Tribal Hall on the Santa Ynez reservation.

The event features arts and crafts vendors, food booths and basket-making demonstrations.

Kenneth Kahn, the tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, said the annual event highlights the talents and traditions of California-based tribes.

"It's also a great opportunity for members of the public to visit the reservation, enjoy a day of song and dance and learn more about our culture," Kahn said.

The showcase starts at 1 p.m. with a blessing and an honoring of elders. Afterward, Native American dancing and singing shows begin.

Chumash Culture Day guests can also play a traditional Handgame Tournament, during which the top teams can win $500 to $1,000.

The Tribal Elders Council and the Cultural Department of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians sponsored the event.