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.
January 19, 2019 at 5:00pm - 9pm
Sky's the Llimit Observatory and Nature Center
9697 Utah Trl
Twentynine Palms, CA
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