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In an interview on local radio station KCDZ FM on Friday, January 18, Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe announced that the County Supervisors will hold a special meeting to vote on the RECE 4.10 with full Board attendance on Thursday, February 28, 2019. She also stated she will vote for the version recommended by the Planning Commission, which is the version MBCA supports. For the most recent recap of the issue, please read our January 15 EBlast.
Read the official notice of the February 28 meeting for more details. Video conferencing of the meeting will be available at the usual sites including Joshua Tree's Bob Burke Government Center in Joshua Tree.
Matt Leivas, Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, will present a cultural astronomy program about the salt songs and sky stories of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) people. A $10 donation per car is requested.
“The Salt Songs are an ancient song complex unique to Southern Paiute people of California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. The songs and ceremonies associated with them are highly significant cultural links, uniting contemporary people with their time of origin. They are at once healing and power songs of great importance today.” – Preface to Where Puha Sits; Salt Songs, Power, and the Oasis of Maraby Clifford E. Trafzer and Matthew (Matt) Hanks Leivas.
Matt Leivas is one of the leading Salt Song Singers among the Southern Paiute people. He has been a member of the Tribal Council for the Chemehuevi Tribe and is currently the Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center. Matt and his sisters will share Salt Songs to honor the landscape and sky of 29 Palms.
An anonymous gift makes possible these programs, exploring how diverse cultures experience the significance of the desert, earth, and sky. The gatherings will take place on Saturdays under the full desert moon.
A suggested donation of $10/car will go toward maintaining the series, recognizing the speakers, and supporting the worthy nonprofits they represent.
An array of night sky presentations will occur at the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater near the Joshua Tree Lake Campground, along with the evolving eclipse."The show begins at 6pm with time to get relaxed as the Full Wolf Moon rises in the East and begins the pre-umbra phase that will last until the peak of totality happens at 9:12 pm. Meanwhile, we will be projecting live Lunar images on the big screen along with some of our informative film clips that we share with everyone." Admission $5 per person. Learn more at the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater website.
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