achieves its educational goal with presentations of programs for schools,
youth organizations, community groups and the general public. Presentations
can be provided at Wishtoyo's Malibu Chumash Village, or at school
venues. (Contact information below)
and Executive Director, and Luhui
Isha Waiya, Cultural Resource and
Education Director, also bring programs to schools and
venues. Waiya and Luhui Isha Waiya generously share their knowledge of Chumash values, lifeways and
history, with stories passed down for generations. Waiya also performs
dances, songs and shares Chumash stories that impart ancient
traditions awaken one's spirit and teach the inherent human values of
Honor, Humility, Responsibility and Awareness of one's
Chumash Village for Program information: 424.644.0088
out our Marine Protected Areas Education Programs
to the Village
Director Mati Waiya performs
Chumash dances, songs
The response received from schools and the community is overwhelming - all
appreciation and gratitude and return year after year. Wishtoyo aims for a continued effort to increase the number of
programs to benefit students and children - our future environmental
visit , 5th graderes - 2012
Elementary School teacher:
has conducted extraordinary Chumash cultural experiences on our school
site. Wishtoyo's influence began with our third graders.
Demonstrations have evolved from the classroom to the school's
amphitheater. Wishtoyo has tailor-made programs for us (including
our parent body). Programs have been so beautifully presented that I
have asked for a return performance each fall to launch our Native
Not only have our children learned about the Chumash culture, but
also were taught about the important role the environment plays in our
world today. Last Spring, we incorporated our community service
learning of Friends of Ballona Wetlands and oak restoration at Malibu
State Park into our third grade curriculum.
Through Wishtoyo's inspiration and guidance, we have gained a deeper
appreciation of the traditions, history, and culture of the Chumash
participate in hands-on tasks:
Comments made by 7-9 year old children after
Mati Waiya's performance of storytelling, dancing and Chumash songs over a campfire for them:
...."happy to know that someone wanted to bring back the Indian ideals.
Because without the Indians, we wouldn't have a lot. They need to get
the credit they deserve."
"It was nice of them to come and share with us. I liked the
instruments and everyone touched them - they trusted us!"
"It was so great meeting someone who knows so much about the Indians. I
was amazed about how long Indians lived here."
"I learned that what you make and give to someone is always special
because it comes from the heart."
"I was impressed by all the artifacts they made."
"I liked the storytelling. He (Mati Waiya) put it in his words and
acted as the eagle."
Educators at the school expressed the following:
"Obviously, from the student comments, Wishtoyo's presentation had a
big impact on everyone. Focus was put on how the Indians took care of
the Earth and how we can continue to preserve our Earth today.
Everyone enjoyed realizing the tribal traditions and the contributions
they play in our everyday lives."