On July 21st, 2012, the FIRST ANNUAL Festival of SUKINANIK’OY, a celebration of bringing Chumash History back to life in Ventura County, will be held at The Pottery Studio, 1804 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai from 10 am to 8 pm. In fact, Sukinanik’oy is a Native American word meaning, “to bring back to life”. For the Barbareno/Ventureno band of Mission Indians (BVBMI), this is a day of celebrating the first time land has been returned to the original people of the land in Ventura County.
In 2001, a large number of Chumash families joined together to form this band of BVBMI. BVBMI are currently not recognized as a tribe by the federal government. The land in Saticoy is one of the requirements towards Federal recognition. Tribal matriarch and leader, Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, prayed for such land and her prayers were answered in 2008 when she was called to the town of Saticoy to meet with the project manager of Archstone Properties and an Archaeologist. This meeting was to discuss and view a recent project development and discovery of an ancient village's remains uncovered on a property which belonged to the Vanoni family since the late 1700’s, when they immigrated from Italy. Prior to the Vanoni acquisition this land was inhabited by a large community of people known today as Chumash. This land was called SATICOY, meaning “sheltered from the wind.” When tribal leader, Tumamait, first walked this land she stated, "I felt the beauty of the land. In ancient times fresh spring water made it fertile and rich. As you look to the North you see the Topa Topa Mountains of Ojai, to the East you see the Santa Paula Mountains and Saticoy Peak, and to the South you see Boney Mountain in the Santa Monica Mountains."
Artifacts and human remains were unearthed as the housing development began. Respectfully, everything was reburied as preservation for this once long ago culture. An easement was created by the owners and developers to preserve the history and artifacts of the Chumash. The easement totals about 6 acres. This will be the first time any land in the Ventura area has been given back to the native Chumash people.
The idea of fund raising for a future property came to Tumamait before the acquisition of the land. Carol Janelle, a local mountain guide for the Oaks of Ojai, often stumbled upon ancient petroglyphs and pictographs. She sent photographs of the sacred symbols to local potter friend Larry Carnes, who’s also part Native American of a different tribe. Carnes, a Master Potter and owner of The Pottery Studio in Ojai, was given permission by the local tribal leaders to make sacred spirit stones from clay and glazed with the Chumash designs as a way to preserve these symbols of great respect and spirit. A portion of all sales from this Chumash line of art would go towards the property taxes. The sacred Chumash Stones sales have been successful. But much more is needed to pay the property taxes and obtain rightful ownership of land once totally lost by our original inhabitants of this Valley.
Join artists, performers and healers for this amazing collaborative community celebration and project fund raiser as appreciation of the beauty and history of our Valley. There will be local musicians and Native American dancers, story telling, yoga, a fire ceremony and a silent auction. Please watch for the upcoming listing of the talented artists and schedule of well known performers. Food by Ruben's Burritos will be available for purchase.
Your donations will be tax deductible. Art Vendors will be donating a portion of their sales towards the cause.
On July 21st, 2012, the FIRST ANNUAL Festival of SUKINANIK’OY, a celebration of bringing Chumash History back to life in Ventura County, will be held at The Pottery Studio, 1804 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai from 10 am to 8 pm. Sukinanik’oy is a Native American word meaning, “to bring back to life”. For the Barbareno/Ventureno band of Mission Indians (BVBMI), this is a day of celebrating the first time land has been returned to the original people of the land in Ventura County.
Sukinanik’oy is a Chumash word meaning, “to bring back to life” A Spiritual Collective Art Festival Restoring the Cultural Beauty of the Chumash
The Barbareno/Ventureno Band of Mission Indians (Chumash.) Currently accepting donations through CAUSE for paying property taxes acquired with the gifting back of land in Saticoy, CA.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE - SUKINANIK’OY 2012
10:00-10:30 AM Opening Ceremony Julie Tumamait/ R. Bejarano
10:30-10:50 AM Ceremonial QiGong with live flute- Beth Leone
11:00-11:50 AM Smitty West /Three Amigos
12:00-12:30 PM J. Tumamait-Stenslie
Proceeds will go to paying land taxes for recently acquired land given to our local band of Native Americans, with the intent of building a NON PROFIT Community Educational and Cultural and Education Center; a native plant habitat, a tribal library and a