California-style Native American singing and dancing will be showcased Saturday, Oct. 14, during the 11th annual Chumash Culture Day at the Tribal Hall on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Reservation.

The event, which is free and open to the public of all ages, will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. and will also feature arts, crafts, food booths and basketry demonstrations.

“Throughout the years, our annual Chumash Culture Day has been a great way for community members to visit our reservation and learn more about Native American culture and our tribe’s traditions,” said Kenneth Kahn, tribal chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

The event will begin with a blessing, followed by an honoring of elders.

California native dancing and singing will be presented from 2 to 5 p.m. and again, following a dinner break, from 6 to 9 p.m.

A traditional Handgame Tournament will start at 5 p.m., with teams competing for a $1,000 first-place prize, a $750 second-place prize and a $500 third-place prize.

Chumash Culture Day is sponsored by the Tribal Elders Council and the Cultural Department of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

The council is a division of the tribal government that is responsible for preserving cultural resources and maintaining the tribe's heritage, history and traditions, a tribe spokeswoman said.

The Chumash Reservation is located at 100 Via Juana Lane, Santa Ynez. For more information, call the Chumash Tribal Hall at 688-7997.

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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