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April 10, 2003
DH-03 TK 027
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367


"California Folk Arts Festival" To Be Held During "Unity Fest" at California State University, Dominguez Hills

Carson, Calif - Susan Needham, professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), and the students of the Anthropology 341 Folklore, will present the "California Folklife Festival," on Thursday, April 24, and Saturday, April 26, in the Sculpture Garden, located adjacent to LaCorte Hall near the University Theatre. The festival will run from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on April 24 and from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on April 26.

An exhibition of living cultural heritage in Southern California, this colorful event, features local culture bearers and traditional artisans as they demonstrate and interpret their craft and lore.

The California Folklife Festival, held in conjunction with the CSUDH Unity Fest, features guest artisans: Martin Alcala of Venice and Matt Dorame of Garden Grove, who will demonstrate songs, myths, legends, blessings and material culture of the Tongva; Luis and Patricia Alza of La Mirada, who will demonstrate folklore and traditional dance of Northern Peru; Angela Briggs of Inglewood, who will demonstrate African wrap dolls; Onochie Chukwurah of Pasadena, who will demonstrate Nigerian storytelling; Pat Hall of Culver City, who will demonstrate Lei Hulu, Hawaiian featherwork; Khadim Lo of Inglewood, who will demonstrate Senegalese clothing and tailoring; Roy Nagatoshi of Sylmar, who will demonstrate Japanese bonsai; Oscar Ortiz of Agoura Hills, who will demonstrate California ethnobotany; Bernie Pearl of Long Beach, who will demonstrate Blues music and instruments; Elias Sanchez of Pomona, who will demonstrate Huichol material culture; Stew Sanford of Torrance, who will demonstrate wood working on an 1870s pedal lathe; Vibul Wonprasat of Venice, who will demonstrate Thai traditional painting; and Sana Zaidi of Cerritos, who will demonstrate Hindu dance.

This free event is open to the public and funded in part by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities. For more information, please contact Dr. Needham, at (310) 243-3485.

California State University, Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 East Victoria Street in the city of Carson. Please visit the university's website at for more detailed information on its programs and events.

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