California Native Voices Through Poetry
California Native American Day is celebrated each year on the fourth Friday of September. This state holiday serves not only to recognize tribal people, but also to teach about California tribal cultures, histories and heritage. For the first time, UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center will commemorate California Native American Day by hosting a Zoom poetry event featuring local tribal poets: Melissa Leal from the Ohlone tribe and Tabitha Whiple from the Mono/Maidu/Wailakie tribes. Each poet will share knowledge of their language, culture and traditional life of contemporary California Native women. They will discuss issues facing their communities, as well as the perseverance of their cultures.