Santa Ynez Chumash Culture Days

The seventh annual weekend devoted to honoring and showcasing California-style Native American singing and dancing.

When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: The Chumash Reservation, 100 Via Juana Lane, Santa Ynez

Cost: Free

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Special Events


Numerous American Indian arts, crafts and food booths will be featured at the event, which is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the day will open at 1 p.m. with a blessing followed by an honoring of elders. The afternoon will include several hours of California native dancing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A traditional “handgame” tournament will start at 4 p.m. Teams will compete for first-place ($1,000), second-place ($750) and third-place ($500) prizes. There will be storytelling in the evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, the opening blessing will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by dancing from noon to 2:15 p.m. The Native California singing contest, scheduled for 2:30 p.m., will include first-place ($300), second-place ($200) and third-place ($100) prizes.
Chumash Culture Days are sponsored by the Tribal Elders Council and the Cultural Department of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The council is a division of the tribal government whose responsibility it is to preserve cultural resources and maintain the tribe's heritage, history and traditions.
The Chumash reservation is located at 100 Via Juana Lane, Santa Ynez.

Phone: 805-688-7997

Event posted Oct. 14, 2013
Last updated Oct. 14, 2013


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