The inaugural Native Voices Poetry Festival will explore the richness of Southern California Native cultures and the beauty, vitality, and uniqueness of the region through storytelling, songs and poems.
The family-friendly festival will be from 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 127 N. San Gorgonio Ave., in Banning.
"We hope families, students, and community members are inspired by the cultural richness and unique literary expression they will be exposed to in this one-day festival that is free to the public," said Juan Delgado, the Poet Laureate of Inlandia Institute, co-director of Native Voices Poetry Festival and a professor of English at Cal State San Bernardino.
Festival participants are invited to:
ÔÇó Discover the wonder and beauty of Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts from the songs and stories of "culture bearers," including Ernest Siva (Cahuilla/Serrano), president of the nonprofit Dorothy Ramon Learning Center; Barbara Drake (Tongva); and Kim Marcus (Serrano/Cahuilla);
ÔÇó Be inspired by Native American writers Casandra Lopez and Gordon Johnson, who will be joined by many talented poets from throughout the region, along with musicians such as Bill Bell and Don Strandberg, and the Dragonfly Wind Flute Ensemble. Sessions include readings fused with the music of Native American flutes; and
ÔÇó Create poems, stories, and zines in four engaging workshops led by talented performers and teachers.
The workshops are designed for children, young adults and adults, but space is limited, so please check out the online schedule (http://www.dorothyramon.blogspot.com) for additional information.
The festival's many sponsors along with the nonprofit Dorothy Ramon Learning Center include Cal State San Bernardino; the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus; College of the Desert; Inlandia Institute; Poets & Writers, Inc.; SCIPP (Students, Coyotes, Instruction in Poetry and Prose); PoetrIE; AS/US; and Super Subs restaurant.
The Dorothy Ramon Learning Center saves and shares Southern California's Native American cultures, languages, and traditional arts, part of our national heritage.