Puvungna is one of the most important sacred and cultural sites in Southern California. I’ll be reading mainly from my award-winning book, Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California, including ancient narratives about the history of this singular village site.
Located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, with easy parking. On May 21st at 2 PM.
In a year of continuing challenges, we have very good news
to report: Phase one of our SacredSites audio theater production is
completed! I am thrilled to type these words!
We are so grateful for the support so many of you have
provided. Without you, we would not have come so far. After months of
preparation rehearsing, working with linguists and other consultants, and much
more, we have completed 22 hours of recording. The Media Staff studio, a supporter
of this project, has one of the best recording rooms in Los Angeles. The raw
material sounds excellent. In my next letter, I will share clips of the
It is a pleasure to introduce to you Kalani Queypo
(Blackfoot, Hawaiian) who reads with me Book 2 and the Epilogue. He
is a founding member of the National American Indian Committee at SAG-AFTRA.
Among his many credits are Terrence Malick’s The New World, Jamestown, and Fear the Walking Dead.
I’ve included his headshot and bio plus studio shots at the end of this
Phase Two has begun: editing, music composition and licensing,
mastering, distribution, and publicity. Since we are an independent production,
we must do everything we can to get this timely and inspiring project out to the
To do this, once again I need your assistance. Please reach
out to anyone you feel would love this work and would join our mighty team of
supporters — no amount is too small (or too large!).
Sacred Sites is a
story that weaves the world together. It inspires us to love this earth and,
thus to care for it in every way we can. It is essential that we understand
natural systems and learn the many ways we humans have and can, once again,
live in harmony with all life.
Or send a check made out to Sacred
Sites LLC to 41 No. Logan St., Denver CO 80203.
With deep appreciation,
Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet, Hawaiian) proudly serves on the Native Voices Advisory Council and is a founding member of the National American Indian Committee at SAG-AFTRA. He can be seen in the Oscar-nominated, Terrence Malick film, The New World, Steven Spielberg’s Emmy winning Into the West and Slow West (Sundance GRAND JURY PRIZE). Television credits include Jamestown (producers of Downton Abbey), Saints & Strangers, Fear the Walking Dead, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, Bones, and HawaiiFive-0. Queypo is currently filming the new CBC series, The Trickster.
Kalani and me at the end of his session.
Director Tom Keegan and engineer Anthony Alfaro
Me on my last day of recording (16 hours over four days!)
Jerry Mayfield, whose Media Staff studio was a wonderful place to work. He is famous for his sourdough bread which he served at every session with his homemade jam. What delight!
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