CSUSM Celebrates California Native American Day


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will host several special events from September 21 through September 24 in celebration of California Native American Day. The public and students of all ages are invited to come and learn about the American Indian culture and celebrate their heritage and traditions with these lectures, demonstrations, and presentations.  All events are free.

Building a Kiicha (House)
Monday, Sept. 21 at 11:00 a.m - Kellogg Library Plaza

Making Pottery
Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 11:00 a.m. - Kellogg Library Plaza

Indigenous Cultural Revitalization and the Arts in Baja California
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m.  -  Arts Building, Room 111
A multimedia presentation about the revival in production of handcrafts that is helping native artisans preserve, practice and reinterpret traditional and ecological knowledge. Presented by Plant and Language Specialists Teodora Cuero (Kumiai), and Leonor Farlow (Kiliwa), and anthropologist Mike Wilken.

Southern California Indian Basketry
Thursday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.  -  Tukwut Courtyard
Basket weavers Rose Ramirez (Chumash/Yaqui) and Lydia Vassar (Luiseño) demonstrate contemporary and traditional basketry techniques. The discussion highlights concerns about revitalizing cultural practices and maintaining viable habitats and ecosystems for native plants.

For more information regarding upcoming events, contact Tishmall Turner, Tribal Liaison, at 760-750-3310.

Directions and Parking
CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit http://www.csusm.edu/guide. Parking is available in campus lots with fees ranging from $3 to $9 depending upon length of stay.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.