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Ti’at Restoration

Posted on December 2, 2015 by Craig Stone


Restoration of Tiat Almost Complete

The restoration of the Tiat is almost complete and we begin the next phase of the Tiat project this semester. This semester students will have the opportunity to assist in the creation of paddles for the Tiat to be used when she is launched later in the semester. Last semester, students’ had the opportunity to work with AISES and the Tiat Society to complete the repairs on the plank canoe. During the previous year students worked on the Tiat as members of the AISES Chapter, the AISC Chapter or as part of the AIS 499/Art 440/540 Art and Public Places Course. With the initial phase of  the restoration now complete, students interested in working on the second phase of designing and creating paddles are encouraged to join us next semester.  Contact: Cindy.Alvitre@ or for additional information.

All CSULB students are welcome to participate in this AISES sponsored project. Funded by the College of Engeneering that has a sustained commitment to supporting American Indian Students at CSULB, 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:





Tiat Restoration Mixer  4:15 September 12, 2014

Following the American Indian Student Welcome and Orientation, new and continuing American Indian Students, Staff and Faculty were introduced to members of the Tiat Society who shared the history and meaning of the Tiat and shared a Tongva Song.  All were welcomed by Dean Goldshani of the College of Engeneering and our new American Indian Science and Engeneering Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, Dr. David Stout.  The 27 foot long Plank Canoe (Tiat) is being repaired in the Engeneering Department and students will have the opportunity to learn more about the significance of this iconic vessel and assist in the restoration of the Tiat during the semester.


Cultural Patrimony Panel

Tiat Restoration Project

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 Traditional Plank Canoe


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