Elders Breakfast

Elders Breakfast Spring Equinox

Our Spring Equinox celebration with the elders of the Fernandeño Tataviam Tribe and Pukúu was a great success!

Elder’s Breakfast

Spring Equinox 2010

It started with an opening blessing done by Rudy Ortega Jr. Then, our volunteer master chefs — Tribal Treasurer Elias Ornelas, Tribal Senator Cathy Salas, Director of Special Projects Pamela Villasenor, Ruth Cano, Tribal Office Assistant Adriann Ponce and Pukúu Programs Assistant Cathy Diaz – got to work serving up a delicious breakfast and fixing the games before hand.

Tribal Member

Tribal Senator Cathy Salas, Ruth Cano making breakfast

Our elders enjoyed sausage, eggs and pancakes topped with fresh fruits. Pukúu Chair Kat High brought her homemade cactus fruit syrup gathered and canned by hand for the pancakes.

Pukuu Chair Kat High

Pukuu Programs Assistant Cathy Diaz


Our games coordinator was Jimmie Ortega, a Fernandeño Tataviam Tribal member. Through donations from St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and the Elk’s Lodge, he brought out a bingo machine, bingo papers and daubers.

Games Coordinator Jimmie Ortega & wife Delia playing bingo

Bingo Prizes


We played 10 exciting bingo games  and online games that had the whole room silent, just waiting for the next number to be called by Pukúu’s Executive Director Rudy Ortega Jr. Our bingo game winners chose from dream catchers, beautifully painted gourds, necklaces, and three gift cards to Dennys and Walgreens. I wasn’t that good, to be honest, as I am new. And now I decided to play free bingo games so I can get more prepared for the next event.

Bingo prizes made by volunteers

U.S Census Native representative Melissa McGeisey

We also had a Native American representative from the U.S. Census Bureau, Melissa McGeisey, visit the breakfast. She expressed to our elders how important this census is because it will affect the next ten years of our lives. She then gave out bags filled with goodies to the elders.

Tribe’s Vice President Darlene Villasenor & Tribal Senate Austin Martin



Bingo Games

Volunteers putting the finishing touches on the medicine bags

Thanks to all the good donations from local dedicated businesses and everyone working together, our breakfast offered up a great time to all who attended.

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