BY RACHAEL M. GUSTUSON
For the Document Gazette
No stranger to local historical past and society, the Banning Library now presents stay historic programs and has been carrying out so considering the fact that 2019 (with COVID-19 restrictions).
On Aug. 13, attendees realized the back again-tale on “We Are Birds, A California Native Story,” a documentary job on Native tradition in California by means of fowl music.
The really acclaimed documentary project was chosen as a Native FilmFest Selection 2020 Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Global Idyllwild Festival of Cinema Assortment and Winner of Native Film Award 2018.
Filmmaker Albert Chacon offered a powering the scenes glimpse at the documentary and the present social movement of Indigenous storytelling to a new viewers in Banning on Aug. 13.
Francisco Ramos, historian for the Banning Library District, stated Chacon “created a particular presentation just for this exhibition. It was a reside and video presentation.”
The Californian Cahuilla and other Indigenous cultures have shared song and dance traditions, which includes bird music, for countless numbers of decades. Some of the tunes had been sung for the duration of migration.
When the weather became too sizzling or as well chilly, the clan would move to yet another geographical area. The tracks inform the tale of the migration. Different tribes in California each have their have hen tracks, just about every with unique messages.
The hen tracks are sung in conjunction with a gourd rattle.
There is a growing motion to preserve the oral tradition and cultural exercise.
Banning Library historian Ramos feels passionate about preserving that education and society.
“I think the ‘coolest’ detail about the presentation was the human part,” mentioned Ramos. “How over generations of performances and oral tale telling, this Indigenous custom has preserved so considerably of California Indigenous American tradition alive, irrespective of adversity in so a lot of techniques.”
Assembly member James Ramos is the initially California Indigenous American elected to the point out legislature. Ramos represents the 40th Assembly district, which includes Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and San Bernardino. Ramos has a personal involvement with Bird Tune.
He has executed regular hen songs at different public situations through the years, including at California’s Very first Cultures yearly party held at Crafton Hills School, which stresses that tribal expertise and historical preservation is sacred.
“Bird songs embody the stories of our folks, our history,” said Ramos. “We nearly shed them, but fortuitously we experienced people today like Mr. Robert Levi, who taught me the music. Trying to keep our tradition alive is critical to staying grounded. It is why increasing the celebration of Indigenous American Day has been so critical to me together with supporting scholar conferences at regional universities and universities likely again to 1999.”
Ramos authored the latest AB 855, which permits point out court employees to exchange Columbus Day as a paid vacation for California Native American Day.
“I like to remind youthful people today of the a few points, at the time you have, no one particular can just take away from you,” Ramos stated. “They are instruction, lifestyle, and spirituality.”
To discover more about Chacon’s documentary, “We Are Birds, a California Native Story,” visit YouTube and https://vimeo.com/153072118.
The Banning Library is located at 21 W Nicolet St., Banning.
The library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The library is closed Sunday and main holidays.
Phone (951) 849-3192 for a lot more data on forthcoming situations.