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Symposia and Workshops

In Observance of World Wetlands Day – 48th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention*
Native Americans and Wetlands
Saturday February 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Newport Beach, California
Eventbrite - World Wetlands Day
$25/public, $20/students & members
Cost includes breakfast, lunch, talks, and afternoon activities

8:30 am Parking, check-in, continental breakfast

9:00 Peter Bryant, President of Newport Bay Conservancy, Introductions on the Ramsar Convention

9:05: Adelia Sandoval: Opening Prayer, and music by the Tushmal Singers

9:30: Stan Rodriguez: Instructions for helping to build the Tule Boat; organization of work party

9:45: Jon and Sabine Sherman: Solar Sound System, hand-made flutes and flute music

10:15: Lazaro Arvizu: Music, and making Clapper Sticks

10:45: Angela Mooney D’Arcy, Pitzer College: Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, and Genga/Banning Ranch

11:15: Alan Salazar, Native American elder: The 2001 voyage to Santa Cruz Island in the traditional tomol plank canoe ‘Elye’wun, with a film screening of Return to Limuw 

11:45: Lunch provided by Newport Bay Conservancy

12:30: Cindi Alvitre: Restoration of the Ti’at

1:00: Brian Fagan, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara: Watercraft, wetlands, and life afloat in Southern California before Cabrillo

1:30: Patricia Martz, President of the California Cultural Resources Preservation Alliance: The First People of south Orange Coast

Optional Afternoon Actvities 2:30-4PM

Kayak Tour of the Upper Newport Bay launching from the Newport Aquatic Center.

Stewardship Project w/ASL Removal Team: Stick around and help a group of volunteers remove invasive Alergerian Sea Lavender from the wetland.

Throughout the day:

Helping to build the tule boat
Peter Bowler: Foods from the Wetlands
Michelle Castillo Orange County Inter Tribal Youth Group volunteers

NBC will be providing continential breakfast and light lunch for all attendees.

* The Ramsar Convention (formally, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat) is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971.