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Chumash Culture Share: Celebrating Chumash spirit, arts and history on the Central Coast with North Chumash Tribal Vice-Chair, Violet Sage Walker and friends

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Friday, October 4 from 2PM to 7PM at the Garden as we welcome local tribal members to share stories, songs, remembrances and modern struggles of First Nation people on the central coast. Join Education Director, Lindsey Morgan from 2PM to 4PM on Friday October 4th in the Children’s Garden, as we tend and celebrate a new student-led restoration project. Lend a hand, share your gratitude for nature, and become a part of this area’s transformation. All tools and training provided.
From 4PM to 5:30PM join Northern Chumash Tribal Vice Chair, Violet Sage Walker for a native plant walk through the Garden. Then, join Violet and friends at 5:30PM for the opening ceremony. Welcome tribal members, who carry the torch of deep cultural connections with the land, as we learn, discover and share. Deepen your cultural awareness as we learn a living history and discover the importance of protecting sacred spaces, while we honor and learn how to walk with grace with help from the ancestors who tended this area. Enjoy sharing locally created refreshments and support First Nation artisans through purchasing handicrafts, like hand-made baskets, jewelry, stone carvings, and herbal remedies. Program sponsored by the Coastal Awakening.

This intimate offering is open to the public. We are offering a sliding-scale ticket price of $25-$55. Limited space available. Pre-registry required. For more information and to register, visit

Violet Sage Walker, is an indigenous woman and Vice chairwoman of the Northern Chumash Tribe. Born in Avila Beach, a great granddaughter of Chumash Vaquero, Antonio Lopez of Lopez Canyon, Violet has deep roots in the San Luis Obispo area.  Incorporating the modern science in combination with ancient teaching, Violet, follows the teachings of her elders and legends and has created her own unique signature of products. Her background in religion, politics, and activism gives Violet a unique understanding and acceptance in diverse groups. Violet calls it an obligation to speak for those plants and animals who have no voice, and because of her background and interests and open honest communication style, learning is fun, social and focused on creating a legacy of her culture through the students. Violet says “What we have we share, it’s a gift and obligation, people won’t protect what people don’t understand. Everyone is welcome.”

The Coastal Awakening is a nonprofit group devoted to the discovery and promotion of the cultural identity of the Central Coast including such values as sense of place, liberation, diversity, universalism, personal growth and human potential.  TCA works in partnership with the Shanbrom Family Foundation and other 501(c)(3) organizations to award individual and group micro-grants to Central Coast writers, artists, musicians and creatives of varied disciplines who embody and demonstrate an awakened way of being in the world that honors the land and self-liberation through their arts and avocations. The group intends to conserve the spirit of creative experimentation that manifests in the diverse vision of Central Coast inhabitants.

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