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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Annual Chumash Day

GENERATIONS—Three generations of Chumash ceremonial dancers performed at the City of Malibu’s 13th annual Chumash Day event at Bluffs Park. Hawk feathers, which require a special permit to own, decorate the dancers. Clappersticks—wansak’—made from elderwood provide a percussion accompaniment for the traditional dances and songs.Young Chumash are being encouraged to learn the culture’s languages, songs, dances,and traditions, keeping the culture alive.

MSN Photos/Frank Lamonea

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