Publish Date: 10/22/2013 11:28 AM

Come Celebrate Native Cultures!

Native American Educators Dedicate School Program to National Native American Holiday

Elementary students, parents and teachers to share in histories and cultures of area tribes


From basketry to music, Native American cultures will be in the spotlight during the annual California's First Cultures: A Celebration at Crafton Hills (Waa’t). The event is held in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, which President Obama annually proclaims each November, and is in observance of Native American Heritage Day on November 29. As part of the proclamation, Americans are called upon to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities.

The celebration, which strives to fulfill this mandate, brings together Redlands and Yucaipa elementary school students and Native American instructors with the San Manuel Education Department to teach the Indian culture of Southern California. Students will take part in hands-on lessons covering aspects of Native American culture including basketry, pottery, music and lessons in the Serrano Indian language and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

* In the Serrano Indian language “Waa’t” or Juniper is associated with the Crafton Hills area of Yucaipa.


San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians; Crafton Hills College; Redlands School Districts and tribal members from the San Manuel, Santa Rosa, and Morongo reservations

Sponsored by San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians; Crafton Hills College; Yucaipa Historical Society and Dorothy Ramon Learning Center


Crafton Hills College

11711 Sand Canyon Road Yucaipa, CA, 92399


Thursday Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov.15, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Since time immemorial, the San Manuel tribal community has endured change and hardship. Amidst these challenges the tribe continued to maintain its unique form of governance. Like other governments it seeks to provide a better quality of life for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. Today San Manuel tribal government oversees many governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

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