Posted on October 2, 2016
Restoration of Tiat Completed
On September 11, 2016 the Tiat restoration was celebrated with the launching of the Moommat Ahiko in Long Beach. The Tiat was restored after a restoration process that began in 2013. The American Indian Studies Program is honored to have been part of this collaborative effort with Tiat Society, the CSULB Student Chapter of the American Indian Science and Engeneering Society and the Department of Engeneering.
The Students who have been active in the Tiat Restoration and the Reburial presented at the 2016 SACNUS Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 12 Link to SACNAS Conference Link to Dr. Keolu Fox on Kuelana and Science Link to Dr. Gregory Cajete Presentation
Display of Tiat Restoration in Fine Arts Building 4
All CSULB students were encouraged to participate in this AISES sponsored project. Funded by the College of Engeneering. The College has a sustained commitment to supporting American Indian Students at CSULB and in 2012, the CSULB College of Engeneering was recognized as being #1 in the nation for granting Bachelor’s degrees in Engeneering to American Indians.
More information about the Tiat Restoration is listed below:
Under the direction of Marcus Lopez and Mike Anderson the Ti’at was moved to CSULB on Saturday, July 27. CSULB Students will be able to participate in repairing the Ti’at and learning more about the meaning and significance of this ocean going canoe during the Fall semester of 2014. In the Spring of 2014, Marcus Lopez (Chumash) kicked off the first event for the Tiat Restoration on Friday, April 25 at CSULB. Free lunch was provided to the participants which took place in the Engineering Department where the Ti’at will be repaired. (See: Ti’at Fliers) The Ti’at Restoration Project was featured in an Orange County Register Article. Link to Orange County Register Article.
Image of Ti’At by Magallanes and Edwards About the Photographers
Student Chapter Tiat Restoration Project featured in Spring 2013 issue of Winds of Change Magazine
The CSULB American Indian Science and Engineering Student Chapter will be repairing the Moomat Ahiko at CSULB this year. The Moomat Ahiko is a plank canoe that for the past 20 years has provided the Tongva and neighboring First Nations the pride and unity around the Indigenous Maritime culture . Since its conception, the Ti’At has succeeded in a variety of cultural voyages and village hops. Since the participation in the Ti’At Festivals in the island of Pimu (Catalina island), and participation at the Aquarium of the Pacific, International Music Festival, etc., the Moommat Ahiko has proven to be a sea worthy and cultural iconic vessel. Yet along with the uniqueness, the cultural renaissance of the Tongva Nation has been an illumination of the success of the Ti’At and Tongva peoples. And because of this success and past activity, the wear and tear of the Plank Canoe, it is time for repair and continuing of building a crew for future voyages.
About the Art 440/540 Course and the Faculty who are co-teaching this course.
Link to Article about Cindi Alvitre and The Ti’at Link to Article about Public Art from Last Year’s Class Link to Video of Public Art Project from Last Year’s Class Link to information about Cynthia Herrera Link to Craig Stone’s Public Art Project: Image Emergence, The Promenade of Clouds