Members of the Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association will feature a field trip to Kawaiisu Preserve on Oct. 22, followed by a celebratory reception at Oak Tree Country Club.

Courtesy of Robyn Thompson

Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association will host an invocation and opening day for its new historic monument at 2 p.m. Oct. 22.

The Kawaiisu Preserve Site is located near the intersection of Stirrup Way and Sunset Way in the high country around Jacaranda Drive in Bear Valley Springs. If you wish to be a part of the opening invocation at the site, carpool with your friends as there is little parking space.

At 2 p.m., Kawaiisu Elder Luther Girado will begin the invocation in the Kawaiisu language. Following the invocation, all may join Bear Valley Springs' Cultural Arts Association at the Oak Tree Country Club.

Beginning at 3 p.m., there will be presentations from some of the well-known people in our community. Among the presenters will be local archaeologists/anthropologists David and Tamy Whitely, who have done much to help in the research leading to the development of the Preserve. Tehachapi’s own popular naturalist, Jon Hammond, will present some of the knowledge he has as an expert in Kawaiisu history and culture. President of the Tehachapi Heritage League, Charles White, and other guests will join the discussion.

Reservations are free, but are required. To join the event, call Linda Turco at 821-1505 or 310-739-3772; or e-mail her at LSTURCO1@GAMIL.COM. Please leave a message with the names, contact number, and whether a guest pass is needed. Directions to the Preserve are available upon request.

The Kawaiisu Preserve is coming to fruition through the work of many people in our community. Please join the BVSCAA in welcoming a new asset to our amenities.

Robyn Thompson is a member of the Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association.