California Indian Market in SJB Saturday, Sunday

33rd annual event is a celebration of Native American culture, crafts and food
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The 33rd annual California Indian Market and Peace Dance will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the San Juan Bautista soccer lot on The Alameda.

Admission is a $1 donation, with children under 12 getting in for free.

The event will feature Native American arts and crafts, dancers, drumming and food, along with a peace dance honoring veterans. Organizer and local artist and author Laynee Silva-Reyna will be on hand to sign copies of her book, Wolf Dreamer of the Longest Night Moon.


Xipe Totec Aztec Dancers will present the Fire Dance and White Eagle Dance celebrating Cinco De Mayo both days at 3 and 5 p.m. Audiences are invited by the Aztec Dancers and maestro Gerardo Salinas of Mexico City to participate in the World Peace Dance.

Kanyon Sayer-Roods will give a memorial honoring of California medicine song woman Bernice Torrez, Kashaya Pomo, daughter of famed Essie Parrish. Before her death in 1996, Torrez annually sang sacred medicine songs at the 10 a.m. opening ceremonies. She formed the young people's group to do the ancient dance and songs to help people heal and enjoy life. They will perform Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to honor Torrez.

Traditional Northern will drum and chant ancestral honoring songs for heroism of veterans, children, women, men, elders and families who foster peace in their homes and communities. All peoples in traditional regalia are invited to participate in the Peace Pow Wow dances. Families are invited to do the Round Dance for world peace around the drum. 

For more information, visit the event website, email [email protected] or call 831-623-4771.

BenitoLink Staff