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Ceremony honors legacy of Tübatulabal Tribe of Kern County

Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival  California Kari Crutcher– With the spirit of deep appreciation and homage, the Petroglyph Education Foundation takes immense pride in announcing an honor ceremony recognizing the enduring legacy and recent remarkable accomplishments of the Tübatulabal Tribe of Kern County. The ceremony is woven into the fabric of the vibrant Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival and is scheduled on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 1 p.m. on the main stage.

In a confluence of tradition, honor, and community spirit, Chairman Robert Gomez, Jr. will stand representing the Tübatulabal Tribe’s enduring legacy and tireless commitment to their community. The ceremony illuminates the foundation of their journey, marked by notable recent accomplishments that have addressed the tribal community’s well-being and continuity.

The Petroglyph Education Foundation extends a platform to celebrate and recognize the rich cultural legacy of the tribe and its guardianship and cultural embodiment of the Coso petroglyphs, that lend their name and essence to the festival.

The honor ceremony, a space of reflection and appreciation, is a radiant testament to the tribe’s steadfast devotion to preserving, cultivating, and passing on the flames of their cultural heritage. It allows a moment to pause, admire, and be inspired by the wisdom, resilience, and unity woven into the tribe’s ongoing experiences.

We invite community members, cultural enthusiasts, and the Indigenous and Native communities to join us for this momentous occasion.