Monday, October 20, 2014

Taken from the; We Are Birds Documentary Companion Book




An Insert of text from the "WE ARE BIRDS COMPANION BOOK by; Dr. Larisa Broyles Chacon, and Albert Chacon

...I find nothing more satisfying that seeing somebody “get it correct” about us. That all has to do with how willing we are to share ourselves and our knowledge, openly and accurately. If we do not tell our own story, then we run the risk that others will – and, as they have done in the past - define us incorrectly, or in a manner that is simplistic or stereotypical.

Our ancestors passed on what we know today and we are aware that this knowledge we have is but a piece of what they knew. We can rightly feel sad and a sense of loss over what has been forgotten to the past. But because of this, we owe it to them to keep what we have left and that is why we are doing the “We Are Birds” project, so that all of you can help to tell this story correctly, as you know it, and so that it can be preserved and passed along for those who come after. I know that you have pride in your culture and I try to capture that in my photos and videos. There is such beauty and power in our people that I see and want to preserve, not just for ourselves, but also to show everyone else that what they think they know about Native peoples is, at best, incomplete. Let’s work together to show people what we are really all about. Your words mean something. Your words ARE history, and so is your singing, your dancing, and all that you do in your cultural life. Let people know the full story, as YOUR family knows and lives it.

Together, we ARE birds.



 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

What drives me? >>>>~~~~~> We Are Birds




What drives me?


We Have spent our own time creating our own content and media... creating our own studio for the project. More Headsingers... More elders, more Ladies of Bird than one "on the spot" interview can ever cover..

What drives me are people like John Peabody Harrington the Anthropologist... getting it wrong early on.This anthropologist was studying our people in the past in the early 1900s.

Some the accounts that he wrote down for scientific purposes of research of the people that are new to his culture, were accurate and have some significance to researchers that want to know an account of what happened in our Native worlds.

Although his view might be skewed towards Europeans high watermark, one thing he didn't take into account of having more than one families opinion per tribe. He recorded songs we hear today influencing Grad student research in modern times along with his bad research.

I Cringe every time I hear anyone say. "if it wasn't for him recording songs or writing anything down we would not have anything left". This statement makes me sick to my stomach. It's truth only lies within the result of their Occupation.

The truth is that this research is EVIDENCE of what was lost due to the Two Occupying influences. If it wasn't for Those arrivals... We Would have had all that should HAVE BEEN PASSED down from our relations and not a

WAX CYLINDER.

Which sadly, I must admit to some it has become accepted as Doctrine

While researching for We Are Birds, we have accounted for multiple stories from different individuals of bird singing, and have developed a view of birds singing well above what is Known unless your IN IT.

Giving Dignity to the Native Culture I come from as I would expect it for me.. Respectful, Accurate and Authentic.


 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

San Manuel Pow Wow 2014


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Morongo Pow Wow 2014




Friday, September 26th
Saturday, September 27th (continued)
4:00pm
MORONGO INDIAN MARKET OPENS
5:00pm
BIRD CONTEST
Registration opens for all activities
Dinner (5pm-7pm)
Blessing of the dance area
Bird Singers
6:45PM
DRUM CALL
5:30pm
GOURD DANCING
7:45pm
DRUM CALLL
7:00pm
COLOR GUARD GRAND ENTRY
Flag Ceremony
8:00pm
COLOR GUARD GRAND ENTRY
Invocation
Flag Ceremony
Dance Contests
Invocation
 
Drum Contests
Dance Contests
Drum Contests
 
12:00am
CLOSING - RETIRE FLAGS
Saturday, September 27th
Time is approximate
10:00am
MORONGO INDIAN MARKET OPENS
Sunday, September 28th
11:00am
GOURD DANCING
10:00am
MORONGO INDIAN MARKET OPENS
12:45pm
DRUM CALL
11:00am
GOURD DANCING
1:00pm
COLOR GUARD GRAND ENTRY
12:45pm
DRUM CALL
Flag Ceremony
Invocation
1:00pm
COLOR GUARD GRAND ENTRY
Introduction of Dignitaries & Special Guests
Flag Ceremony
Recognition of Visiting Indian Royalty
Invocation
Inter-Tribal Dance
Dance Contests
Drum Contests
Drum Contests
2:00pm
POWWOW REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00pm
CLOSING
Dance Contests
Time is approximate, schedule subject to change.

Soboba Pow Wow 2014


What is Birdsinging? Let me show you!



In modern times,where jobs and education are a priority , Our cultural traditions can be affected negatively. We must never stop practicing what was passed down No matter what obstacles are in that path of preservation....
All of our cultural diversity defines us as Tribal people. Preserving those traditional values is the way Native Americans continue their existence into the future within the younger generations.
#BirdWorld


Powerful Imagery of today's Indian people of southern California...
Narrations,Images, and old video footage of Bird Singing in this past decade of filming and sharing online.
We Are Birds is the relationships we have between each other. From our tribal people to neighboring tribal people, each person featured shares their Traditional views and practices with us to share with you.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Paayish Neken Language Camp fundraiser

Fundraiser for a Cahuilla Language Immersion camp for Families



Paayish Neken
Board members:
Raymond Huaute
Sean Milanovich
William Madrigal


Website: http:.//www.paayishneken.weebly.com

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Frankie Morreo : TM Cahuilla Bird Singer "We Are Birds"



Introducing Frankie Morreo of the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla in southern California. Frankie Shares his Experience in the preserving Bird songs that date back 1000s of years, for his Family and Indian culture.

Starring : Frankie Morreo, Dr. Larisa Broyles Chacon Phd
Produced by: Albert Chacon  NativeImagesPG
Music by: Derek Duro with the TM bird singers
               "Clap Trap"
             Brightside Studio
            Premiumbeat.com
We Are Birds Documentary Web Series 2014