Most Active Stories
- Money, Greed and Power Keep Chukchansi Casino Closed, Tribe Still Divided
- Working On The Railroad: High-Speed Rail Sparks New Career Interest
- Farmers Turn To Tinder For App Inspiration
- Fresno's Not Ferguson: Why Are Police Shootings and Complaints Down?
- Farmworkers In Limbo As California Ag Labor Battle Heats Up
Valley Public Radio Staff
Tue May 14, 2013
Tamejavi Event To Celebrate Valley's Diverse Cultures
The first Tamejavi Fellowship Cultural Organizing Program will present ‘No Longer Strangers,’ the grand finale of the Tamejavi Culture and Arts Series, at the Tower Theater in Fresno on Saturday (May 18) at 6 p.m. Myrna Martinez, with the American Friends Service Committee, and fellow Pov Xyooj, join Valley Edition to discuss the event.
Martinez says the presentation will be a multimedia event, featuring traditional musical instruments, dancing, and spoken word performances. She says the event will combine and elevate the stories of the Valley’s diverse immigrant communities.
“The way we see this, this is a very critical moment for people to have a better understanding of who the immigrant communities are,” Martinez says.
The event is the culmination of the Tamejavi Fellowship Cultural Organizing Program. Tamejavi is a made-up word that combines three languages to mean “a cultural market, a place of exchange, a place of gathering,” Martinez says.
Pov Xyooj, one of the ten fellows, will participate in the event. He says the fellowship taught him to organize his community culturally, and start dialogue to foster understanding of other cultures.