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    Posted April 23, 2012 by
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    Chumash Powwow Celebrating the Earth, Malibu... A Native American Story


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Pixel says this was the 14th Annual Chumash Festival where Native American's from across the United States came together in Malibu, California to join in on a Powwow. 'I was touched by the openness of those I interviewed and their ability to share their struggles and how they pulled out of it. The traditions and culture has helped ground many,' she says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    The Chumash Held their 14th annual Powwow at Bluffs Park in Malibu, California. Humaliwu, the original name for Malibu, is home to the Chumash people.

    Tribes from all around the United States, local residents, and visitors, all join the Chumash powwow to experience the Native American culture and celebrate the earth. Hand crafted purses, jewelry, shoes, Native American goods, and food were available during the festivities.

    It was a weekend long celebration of culture, song, dance; and a glimpse into the Native American Story.

    "It's important not only for the general public to see these things, but to actually hear them and feel exactly what we are feeling when we pat Mother Earth with our moccasins; to that heart beat of our Mother Earth, that drum, it's very important to each and every one of us." Sam Bear Paw Northern Arizona White Mountain Apache Tribe

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