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Sunday, May 9, 2010

WüNüT’ mentor and youth awared scholarships to Idyllwild Summer Arts program

We are happy to announce three WüNüT' members- Derek Sierra (20), James Napoles (17), and Jeffery Andreas (17) have been awarded scholarships to the Idyllwild Summer Arts program. To assist with additional expenses for supplies and travel we are planning to fundraise by selling T-shirts designed by the participants, printed most likely with the tremendous support of Mountain Apparel.

For more information on the Idyllwild Summer Arts program see -

Congratulations to these 3 fine young men!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Student Recognition Circle/Round Dance

Friday, 4/30 -
The culture of the nüümü people is alive and well. In an impressive display of community solidarity, upwards of 300 people gathered at the powwow grounds on the Bishop reservation to celebrate the achievements of our native youth. MC’d by Ruben Little Head from Pala, CA, and coordinated as a combination of traditional Paiute-Shoshone circle dance and intertribal round dance, the event was held to recognize students in academics, athletics and service in the community.

Dinner was served to all in attendance after the opening blessing and prayer in nüümü yadoha (paiute language) by local elder, Freida Brown. Circle dance songs were shared by locals residents Glenn Nelson Jr and Joe Lent, as well as Christina Trejo and Marlin Thompson who took time out of their lives to travel to the event. Round dance songs were sung by local drum group Blackfeather.

Students K-12 were honored before their community in categories ranging from 3.0 and above GPA, Academic Improvement, Effort, Sports and Community Service. Demonstrating true commitment to their students, Principals of Elm-Pine Street and Home Street schools, Mrs. Betsy McDonald and Mr. Randy Cook, were in attendance to present students with their awards and certificates.

Watercrest and Wild Onion

Sunday, 4/25 -

On Sunday, April 25, an impressive collection of youth, elders and adult mentors came together to share stories and knowledge of our land and traditions. With sack lunched made to go, participants carpooled and caravanned to a local campground to congregate and wait for everyone to arrive. After lunch and an icebreaker to spark group play and cohesion, elders were given the floor to share local stories and knowledge of the particular area. Guidelines of behavior were also laid out to ensure respectful relations with the land and each other. As the original caretakers and scientists of this land, it is very important that we pass down the knowledge and values to the younger generations to continue what has been our livelihood and means of survival for thousands of years.

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Movie Night: "Skins"

Friday, 4/23 -

In a casual seating environment of couches and carpet, roughly 30 community members, mostly youth, gathered to watch the film “Skins.” Following the movie, a discussion was held about the causes and effects of alcoholism in tribal communities. Set on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, “Skins” showed a portion of Indian Country many here in the Owens Valley have not been exposed to, and in some ways could not relate to. Despite the contrasts of environment, the film displayed both the differences and common issues we face throughout our indigenous and rural communities.

Community Garden and Earth Day Events

Over the course of two evenings, community members from the Bishop Paiute Tribe attended perma-culture workshops, with the intention of creating a community space. Guest speaker Olivia Chumacero of the Raramuri Tribe, from the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico shared her knowledge and work in perma-culture, emphasizing on the importance of a culturally relevant garden. Community members were encouraged to draw their dream gardens, and began putting these dreams into action.

On April 18, during the Tribe’s Earth Day celebration, a rock garden with monkey brush and violets and rows of marigolds and native plants were planted. Several community members also planted plants they brought from their home gardens. With participation from all ages, this project is sure to continue and flourish in the coming months. To get involved or support the garden, contact Rebecca Langham at the Elders' Program at