Fest celebrates Native culture
AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
In celebration of local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach hosts the 17th annual Moompetam Festival, featuring crafts demonstrations, storytelling, music and dance. Among the maritime cultures being showcased Sept. 18-19 are the Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno and Kumeyaay.
The word “Moompetam” means “People of the Ocean” and is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the indigenous people of coastal California, the ocean is a sacred entity.
Advance reservations are required; tickets can be purchased at aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/. Masks are required.
For more information, call (562) 590-3100 or visit the website.