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Big Time Gathering Honors Native American Tradition in the Antelope Valley

Post Date:05/16/2024 11:24 AM

Lancaster, CA. May 16, 2024– The Lancaster Museum & Public Art Foundation and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) cordially invite you to the Big Time Gathering on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve. The Big Time Gathering is a vibrant celebration of the Antelope Valley's Native American heritage, coinciding with the exhibition "This Valley is Sacred: The Ancestors are Speaking" at MOAH. This event honors the rich traditions of the local Tataviam, Vanyume, Nüwü (Chemehuevi), Serrano, Kawaiisu, and Kitanemuk Native peoples. Attendees will enjoy performances by Native American singers, dancers, and storytellers alongside a variety of craft vendors. Additionally, the gathering will offer public workshops on Native crafts, providing a dynamic space for celebration, renewal, and cultural immersion through song, prayer, arts, and dance.

Following the Gathering, there will also be a Big Time Concert at Cedar Hall on Saturday, May 25 from 5 to 10 p.m.. There will be performances from Native musical artists including Jessa Calderon, Tracy Lee Nelson, Supul Weh, and the headliner Sage Against the Machine. Jessa Calderon is of the Chumash and Tongva (Komiigrangna) Nations of Southern California. Calderon is a natural born singer who found her voice in hip-hop. Tracy Lee Nelson, award winner at the Native American Music Awards in 2018, is an enrolled member at the La Jolla Indian Reservation in San Diego with a groundbreaking new perspective of the blues. Supul Weh is a Roots Reggae and soul singer and songwriter from the Rincon Indian Reservation. Sage Against the Machine is a native plant band based in Southern California focused on living and working with California native plants.

MOAH acknowledges the original inhabitants of the Antelope Valley including the Tataviam, Vanyume, Nüwü (Chemehuevi), Serrano, Kawaiisu, and Kitanemuk peoples who call this region home. The museum honors the Valley’s history as a renowned center of trade and commerce, a vital part of a widespread economic network that reached far beyond its own boundaries.

About the Lancaster Museum of Art and History

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility, and igniting the appreciation of art, history, and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement, and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region. MOAH is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays until 8 p.m. MOAH is located on 665 W. Lancaster Blvd. on the corner of Lancaster Blvd. and Elm Avenue. For more information, please call the museum at (661)723-6250 or visit www.lancastermoah.org.

About the City of Lancaster, CA

Lancaster is a diverse community of nearly 170,000, leading the future through science, technology, art, culture, and collaboration. Home to astronauts, rocket scientists, families, and innovative businesses large and small, we are leading the USA with innovation. Combined with spectacular landscapes and clean air, Lancaster has the confidence, expertise, spirit, and imagination to transform tomorrow. We are: Creating a better tomorrow. Visit us at www.cityoflancasterca.gov.

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