Autry Museum of the American West

American Indian Culture Family Day


Date / Time:

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 1:00–4:00 p.m.


The Autry in Griffith Park

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Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members


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Spend the day learning about Native American culture at the Autry!

Through the ages, bird singing and dancing have been an important part of Native culture for Southern California Native American tribes, such as the Cahuilla, Luiseno, Kumeyaay, and Quechan. Groups of men and women imitate birdsong and dance to represent birds that are important to the tribes. There are social bird songs, and they are often related to the groups’ creation stories.

William Madrigal, Jr. and the Cahuilla Bird Singers (Cahuilla) have been together more than ten years, and they often travel to festivals to express their art and educate the public about bird-singing. Enjoy their  performance in Heritage Court. Madrigal will explain the of bird singing and a Q&A session will follow.

Learn to throw feather darts with John Bradley (Comanche/Cherokee), AIFP cultural educator, and make a traditional ring-toss game with Julia Bogany (Gabrieleno/Tongva) that you can play indoors!



The Autry is proud to present this program in conjunction with American Indian Families Partnership (AIFP), a consortium of American Indian agencies focused on providing services to strengthen American Indian urban families living throughout Southern California.

The Autry would also like to thank the NISSAN Foundation for sponsoring this program.


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