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California Indian songs and stories

11 September 2007

ATTENTION: Photo desks, arts and culture writers and editors

Contact: Kathleen Maclay
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

On California Native American Day, "California Indian Songs and Stories," an evening of performances and presentations of Native Californian music, cultural traditions and language.

The event is being sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley's Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley's Consortium for the Arts, and Heyday Books of Berkeley. It is free and open to the public.

7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28.

The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, just southwest of the intersection of Bancroft Way and College Avenue.

Participants in the event will include:
- Linda Yamane, of the Rumsien Ohlone tribe. She is active in reviving Rumsien language, songs, stories, basketry and other Ohlone cultural traditions.
- Mike Mirelez of the Desert Cahuilla tribe. He is the founder of the Torres-Martinez Birdsingers and Dancers as well as the Desert Cahuilla Birdsingers and Dancers, youth groups dedicated to learning and preserving the tribe's culture.
- Ron Goode of the North Fork Mono. He is a renowned storyteller from the Fresno area and the tribal chair of the North Fork Mono.
- Clarence Hostler of the Hupa/Yurok/Karuk tribes. Hostler is a leader in efforts to preserve the Klamath and Trinity rivers region's oral tradition.
- Charlie Thom, an elder with the Karuk tribe who a ceremonial dancer, singer and storyteller. He has been pivotal in saving sacred areas on and around Mt. Shasta from development.
- Malcolm Margolin, the publisher of Heyday Books and the "News from Native California" quarterly magazine. Margolin will emcee the event.

There will be limited seating. R.S.V.P. by Thursday, Sept. 20, to Lillian Fleer at (510) 549-3564, ext. 316, or Lillian@heydaybooks.com. Part of the program will be Webcast at a later time. Check online at: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/events.php for details.

The Hearst Museum has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections devoted to Native California. More information about the museum at: http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/.