November 9th, 2013
AISES Traditional Plank Canoe Restoration Project
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.
Contact Vincent Holguin for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org