Cement Prairie: Stories of American Indian Relocation  |  Community Day

Cement Prairie: Stories of American Indian Relocation  |  Community Day

Saturday, May 20  |  12pm-4pm |  Free with Admission

12pm|  500 Mile American Indian Spiritual Marathon Drum Circle

The California 500 Mile American Indian Spiritual Marathon running team, following the leadership and tradition of early Native American runners who were messengers, is a multicultural group of individuals dedicated to preserving the tradition of spiritual running. Their principal message is, All Life is Sacred. They run and train together in different locations about once a month, and in June, they run across California in the annual 500 Mile Spiritual Marathon. The May training run will take place on the Los Gatos trails and will conclude with a drum circle at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU). 

1pm  |  Talking Circle + Potluck

The talking circle is a traditional way to discuss and share stories as a group. Join us as we speak with members of the San Jose Indian community who migrated to the area as part of the relocation program and enjoy one another's company as a community. Please feel free to bring a dish or dessert to share. 

2-4pm  |  Spirit Pouch Workshop with Pablo Diego Viramontes  |  $35 Materials Fee

Create a leather pouch for yourself or your loved ones.

Pablo Diego Viramontes, nHanHu (Otomi Nation) is a renowned Native/Indigenous Craftsperson and art instructor who has exhibited his art regionally, nationally, and internationally.  He received his MA., Lifetime Teaching Credential, and BA from San Jose State University.  He retired from Santa Clara County Office of Education, Alternative Schools Department with over 40 years experience working with "at risk" students.  He is currently on the board with the Indian Health Center Santa Clara Valley He is an Advisor and leader, and drum caretaker of the 500 Mile American Indian Spiritual Marathon.  Using ritual and ceremony in every workshop participants discover their gifts of "HANDS", helping the individual/s rekindle the power of creativity and healing.