Get immersed in California-style Native American singing, dancing, food and games at the 16th annual Chumash Culture Day planned for Saturday, October 15.  The events will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. at Elders Park, located behind the Tribal Hall, on the Santa Ynez Indian Reservation at 100 Via Juana Lane.

Arts and crafts vendors, food booths and basket-making demonstrations are also planned for the free event that is open to all ages of the public. A traditional handgame tournament will start at 5 p.m., with teams competing for prize money. 

“After two years of streaming our annual event online, we are excited to welcome everyone back to our reservation for Chumash Culture Day,” said Nakia Zavalla, Culture Director of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. “It’s always meaningful to engage in traditional songs, dance and culture with fellow California-based tribes and members of the public as well.”

The Santa Ynez Indian Reservation is located in Santa Barbara County and was established and officially recognized by the federal government on December 27, 1901. Today, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians remains the only federally recognized Chumash tribe in the nation. The tribe is a self-governing sovereign nation and follows the laws set forth in its tribal constitution.