"His passion, knowledge and incredible leadership at the intersection of native and environmental issues will be vital for the Center in meeting some of the most important issues of our time.” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center of Biological Diversity. The full press release of the announcement can be found HERE.
Wishtoyo Is A Bridge, Preserving The wisdom Of The Ancient Chumash Culture And Linking It To Present Day Environmental Issues.
Wishtoyo's 19th Annual Benefit Celebration
"Me'pšumawiš a tipašumawiš"
...Together we are healthy and spiritually at peace.
November 6, 2016 at Wishtoyo Chumash Village
"California can't afford to go back to the days of unregulated pollution"
Kevin de León, President pro Tempore of the California State Senate, unveils environmental protection package to defend our economy and communities. For more information on the steps being taken by The California State Senate: CLICK HERE
More and more, public officials are seeking the participation of Native leadership, using long-held traditional knowledge to inform community governance. This past December, Malibu City Council kick started this contemporary practice by asking Chumash Ceremonial Elder Mati Waiya, founder of the local non-profit Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation and cover feature of The Local Malibu's December issue, to conduct the swearing in of City Council Member Rick Mullen. Mullen met Mati Waiya while on the campaign trail, through a mutual Malibu friend who connected the two before Mullen even took office. "I am honored by [Mati Waiya's] Presence at my ceremony and thankful for the blessing he bestowed upon me to guide me as I assume my responsibilities."
At first glance, the image of a Chumash ceremonial elder cleansing the air of Malibu City Hall with magnificent feathers of the California condor might seem an unexpected juxtaposition of past and future, tradition and modernity – but perhaps this fusion of culture and politics should be prioritized in the public sphere. The Chumash people and culture of Humaliwu (also known as Malibu) are an integral and relevant part of the fabric that forms our current-day community. The inclusion of the First Peoples at any official event is becoming a more frequent occurrence as “newer” (non-indigenous) residents increasingly understand the benefit and need for acknowledgement of local indigenous heritage. Inclusivity and respect can only strengthen our community.
Mati Waiya was also asked to present a traditional Chumash ceremonial blessing for the swearing in of California State Senator Henry Stern, a young, enthusiastic first-term senator of the 27th District. Newly appointed Senator Stern was flanked on stage by public officials including President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, Kevin de Leon, and Stern’s predecessor, Fran Pavley, and 26th District Congresswoman Julia Brownley to name a few. An audience notably full of young attendees reflected Stern's commitment to encourage the participation of community youth in the civic engagement. In spite of the political whirlwind in the beginning of the year, the ceremony set an optimistic tone for the event. Mati Waiya’s message imparted the importance of awareness and understanding of the history of the our area’s Indigenous People so that we, as a human family, can bring wisdom from the past and use it as a foundation for a brighter future.
Later that month, Mati Waiya was again invited to give an inspirational invocation, this time for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting. “We come together today to hold the hands of the youth, to the birthright of our children to have a healthy world… When we were born into the world, we cried out loud – that is the sound of freedom. So never be quiet.” Mati Waiya’s speech was potent and resonating, leaving both the board and attendees inspired by his thought-provoking message.
The complex societal structures of Malibu’s indigenous peoples succeeded for millennia and are intimately connected to place. It is by no coincidence that the values and lessons taught by Native elders resonate with the goals and struggles of our contemporary leadership and the needs of the constituents it serves.
The inclusion of Native elders in modern day local and state politics rightfully acknowledges the relationship between the Native community and their ancestral homelands. It is in the spirit of this message that we as human kind can move forward, together, to create global change. “Let us hold our children’s hands, and those who are not yet born, toward a world without struggle and without hatred.” It is through charting a new path - a rainbow bridge of hope and promise for the youth of tomorrow - that 13,000-year-old practices and traditions that bring new life and meaning to support our leaders, native and non-native. We share this spirit of social, economic, and environmental justice, protection of our Earth, and human rights for all people into the procedural politics that we have come to expect in 2017 and beyond.
Written by Kote Yakez Melendez
Social Media Coordinator
Submerge yourself into the mind of Chumash Ceremonial Elder and Executive Director of Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, Mati Waiya, as he translates the visions and hopes of an ancient people who share the same home with the thousands of people living in Humaliwu, or as some call it, Malibu.
In the article by The Local Malibu, Mati Waiya welcomes all to the ancestral home of the Chumash people and explains, “It is good to know history so that you can make sound and healthy decisions for yourself, your family, and community. Decolonizing our thinking helps to free our minds to begin living with the earth again.”
Mati Waiya reminds us that we have a responsibility to protect this precious place we call home, together, as a human family. Acknowledging the past gives us a way to make good decisions for the future…
Read the full interview HERE
Endless Gratitude and Appreciation to All the Good People, the Warriors who continue to inspire us all to take action and who are a part of our Family Bands, Clans, Nations, our Team, Colleagues, and Supporters, near and far! We Wish you All the Warmest Holiday Season and hope we can all remember that there are so many in the world, both foreign and domestic, who will not have the comfort of warmth during freezing temperatures, race wars, military war zones, genocide in its many forms. Our Prayers for Standing Rock Sioux and the "Standing Rocks" that exist all over the world; Alaska, Canada, those in Syria, the Philipines, those in Mexico...Collectively are so needed! Prayer accompanied by Direct Action is so important in using our spheres of influences especially as this new US administration will have an impact on our lives and on the very life of our Mother Earth. WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH WORK TO DO!!! Looking forward to the continued work ahead into 2017!
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He'l'o'kal Antikich - Water is Life!!
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.
This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights!
Wishtoyo Chumash Village will host a community gathering to share ceremony, conversation, activities and action!
December 10, 2016 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Family/Community Event
Wishtoyo Chumash Village
33904 Pacific Coast Highway
Things to Know/Bring
Tend to Village protocols that are listed on site, bring offering tobacco.
Bring: water, camp chair, dress warm, water, sack lunch
Contemplate what Human Rights means to you, your family and community; to the World.
Be ready to engage in a circular conversation on this topic and what actions you can personally and collectively make to “Stand up for someone’s rights today!” – Standing Rock Example
Activities: Conversation, Art, Yoga, Collective Action, Sunset Ceremony
For More Information call: Luhui at 805.729.7692
Don’t miss Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Steven’s Before the Flood, a documentary that takes people on a journey around the world to explore the causes and effects of climate change and lays out the case for urgent action and a rapid transition off of fossil fuels. Before the Flood airs on National Geographic Channel on 10/30 at 9/8c on October 30th but you can also stream it for free on other online platforms including Facebook and Hulu.
Wishtoyo staff was given the opportunity to screen Before the Flood before its premiere. We were so moved and motivated by the urgent truths it conveys and we hope you will be too. It is a great tool to share with people of all backgrounds, from scientists to families to climate deniers. Our collective actions today will determine the future health of our children and our planet.
Watch the trailer HERE.
Beautiful Ceremonial Exchange and Gathering at Wishtoyo Chumash Village with Ainu Representatives. The Ainu are the Indigenous People of Hokkaido Japan.
We experienced a powerful exchange of tradition, culture, gifts and conversation with Ainu repesentatives, Mr. Shimuizu, President of Kotan-No-Ka, and Mr. Hashimoto. Our women sang the Ainu guests into the ceremonial gathering area called "sil'i'yik" as Mati Waiya cleansed them with our sacred sage.
We learned that we have much in common through traditional practice and in the protection of our Indignenous knowledge, sacred sites, repatriation of our ancestors, and a healthy future of cultural resources and healthy environment for future generations.
Special thanks to Professor Ann-elise Lewallen, Author of "The Fabric of Indigeneity: Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan," for her extraordinary skill and grace as interpreter, to Wishtoyo's First Nations Officer, Alicia Corder and Bob Morris of Paradise Cove Cafe who provided abundant and decadent Paella for the occassion.
Chumash help Malibu residents honor beloved marine ecosystems
See article from malibu surfside news below:
September 30, 2016 - The City of Los Angeles will be gathering for a press conference at City Hall to discuss issues regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In attendance will be representatives from the Tongva, Tataviam, Inca and Anahuacalmec communities; various elected officials; and celebrities who will speak on the issue.
CLICK HERE for full Press Release
The Los Angeles Marine Protected Area Collaborative invites you to celebrate Los Angeles’ underwater parks. California’s MPAs preserve our stunning marine ecosystems for future generations.
The event begins with a ceremonial blessing from the Chumash community, followed by the rare opportunity to see a tomol, the Chumash redwood planked and sewn canoe, the “Xax A’lul-koy” (Great Dolphin) at the beach, and guests can enjoy storytelling by Chumash elders.
L.A. County lifeguards will be on hand to provide information on ocean safety and Malibu Makos will be offering free surf lessons. L.A. Waterkeeper will have their boat offshore, crewed by students from the Sherman Indian School, after conducting an MPA Watch Boat-Based Survey.
Our collaborative partners will provide marine education and fun activities. Come and learn about:
Marine Protected Area science and monitoring and science
Chumash history, culture, stories, traditions and maritime education
Coastal volunteer opportunities and citizen science
Marine biology and touch pools
Free surf lessons by Malibu Makos
Join Wishtoyo Foundation and its Ventura Coastkeeper program at Mugu Rock Beach for the California Coastal Commission’s annual Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 17th, at 9:00am. You can help create safer and healthier beaches for our communities and the wildlife we share them with. Please see our flyer or Facebook event for more details. Hope to see you there! (RSVP not necessary)
Any supplies that you donate are greatly appreciated!
Four Days of Wishtoyo's Cultural and Environmental Summer Camp with the Tachi Yokut Youth! What an incredible time we are all having. Sharing and exchanging our cultural traditions has been inspirational. Watching these young ones come out of their shells and sing their songs around the sacred fire during ceremony is such an inspiration bringing hope for the future. Each day of activities has been both a challenge and fun! But with this group, no challenge is tuff enough to keep them from participating. Surfing lessons, hiking, Atlatl competition, learning Chumash Ethnobotany, marine science, and how our bioregions have shaped our living cultures for thousands of years. This knowledge and remembering is being re-awakened in the First Nations Youth of today! They are the Leaders and Teachers of the future.
Special Thanks to Darlene Franco for coordinating with us, Tom of Makos Surf Camp at Zuma Beach for always being so generous of heart to all of our youth, and to all of our Chumash Community Educators who add invaluable knowledge, safety, and expertise to all of Wishtoyo's Camps!
Coldwater Canyon Elementary School's Third Grade Students came on a field trip to Wishtoyo Chumash Village May 18th to increase their knowledge of Chumash history, culture, and modern ways. They were delightfully astounded by the beauty and interconnectedness the ocean provides for all life and how the ocean has helped shape Chumash Culture. We silently observed the near shore rocky inter-tidal ecosystem, singing an earth island song as the off shore breeze enveloped a group of youngsters quietly paying witness to something new and yet familiar. They seemed exhilarated breathing in the ocean air. After they completed their field trip to Wishtoyo Chumash Village the teacher texted me from the bus ride back to school and said, " Thank you for a wonderful experience that our kids will never forget. So many of them had never seen the ocean!" Never seen the ocean when you live in Los Angeles? Wow! So happy that we were able to bring another school group to experience the beauty and depth of our Maritime Culture and the Great Mother Ocean! -- Luhui Isha
Students from Cleveland Elementary School studying the phenology of the San Clemente Island bush mallow (Malacothamnus clementinus), a rare species endemic to San Clemente Island that was put on the federally endangered species list in 1977 when it was nearing extinction due to feral goats on San Clemente Island. Since the U.S. Navy removed the goats from the island in the 1990s, this plant species is making a significant recovery. During Wishtoyo's Native Plant Phenology Citizen Science program, these third grade students learn the importance of paying attention to the appearance of Native Plants through the seasons, developing a relationship with them, and learn what their status is. They learn of efforts being made to bring back healthy populations of these species and others through participating in Native Plant Restoration projects and citizen science projects like the one at Wishtoyo Chumash Village. They are encouraged to think about starting a project at their own school, even at home! Great group of student citizen scientists. Special thanks to Nicholas Hummingbird for planting this beauty a few years ago and to the student's teacher, Ms. Sue Nakao!