Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Ah Mut Pipa Foundation

  • Bard, CA
  • http://www.ahmutpipa.org/

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Ah-Mut Pipa
Foundation is to educate the Quechan community, the Tribes of California, and
the general public, in order to increase understanding of Native American
ethnohistory, culture, and art. The Foundation will maintain facilities for
research, publication, instruction, performance art, film and television
production.

Main Programs

  1. "Journey From Spirit Mountain"
  2. Songs of the Hokan
  3. Gathering of Hokan Singers
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our mission statement says we aim to serve the general public and the hokan-speaking people from southern Nevada, Arizona, southern California, and northern Baja California, Mexico.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Preston Arrow-weed

Keywords

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ahmutpipa, quechan, kumeyaay, cocopah, mojave, mohave, native american, American Indian, California Native, California Indians, music, Native American music, Native American theatre, theatre, performing arts, language, education, cinematography, sacred sites, environment, culture, cultural resources, anthropology, archaeology, meetings, conferences, classes, workshops, education, language, teaching, youth, drug abuse prevention,

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EIN

33-0761249

 Number

6707356938

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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It is the intention of the Foundation to promote the history and
culture of Native California through the voices of the people themselves;
sharing Native American methods of storytelling and research that will enrich
the lives of all people.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

"Journey From Spirit Mountain"

Journey
From Spirit Mountain is a 35-minute
film documentary that informs the general public about the southern Colorado
Desert's sacred lands and about the importance of desert ecology to
Hokan-speaking peoples.

 

This
is done by telling the stories that come from the Quechan Lightning songs,
which describe the Quechan Creation Story. The story tells about the migration of the Quechan people
from Avikwame, Spirit Mountain, near Laughlin, Nevada, to where they live today
near Pilot Knob, Avikwalal, north of Yuma, Arizona, on the Colorado River.

 

The
Project includes the filming of the interviews with cultural bearers and some
archaeological consultants, the filming of sites, and singing of the Lightning
songs. They discuss the
destruction of cultural sites out in the desert and how the public can help
protect and preserve them. 

 

Journey
from Spirit Mountain results from the
collaboration between the Ah-Mut Pipa Foundation, a non-profit organization
dedicated to raising awareness of Native American ethno history, culture, and
art; Hokan Media Productions, a native-owned film production company; and The Desert
Protective Council, whose mission is to protect the natural and cultural
heritage of our deserts through advocacy, education, and stewardshithreatened archeological sites, and important desert ecosystem of
Southern California, Southwestern Arizona and Baja California.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Other Minorities

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 2

Songs of the Hokan

Songs of the Hokan, an one-hour documentary on the different songs
cycles performed by the tribes of the lower Colorado. Songs of the
Hokan shows the complexity and diversity of cycles performed by the
tribes of the lower Colorado region. Songs of the Hokan is a
compilation of video footage taken of different singers and performers
at events and at their own homes.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Other Minorities

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 3

Gathering of Hokan Singers

The Ah-Mut Pipa foundation will host a gathering of Hokan singers from southern California and northern Baja
California, Mexico, to facilitate a discussion where musicians share their
perspectives of their music, where it is going, and how to preserve it. Traditionally, singers were carriers
of tribal knowledge. How has that changed will be a topic
for research and writing. The
Foundation will collaborate with Hokan Media Productions to produce a
documentary film showing the various singers of Pipa music as they share their
songs. To coincide   with the film documentary, the
Foundation will produce a CD of the music for public distribution, and publish
a manuscript about this event and the topic of Hokan music. This publication will be in
collaboration with the IVC Desert Museum Society and anthropologist, Rick
Heller.   This project is
important because there are few singers alive who know the songs and speak the
language. Since these songs carry
tribal knowledge, it is imperative that the songs be preserved and important to
support the few singers who are still trying to keep this knowledge in tact.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Other Minorities

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$50,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our mission statement says we aim to serve the general public and the hokan-speaking people from southern Nevada, Arizona, southern California, and northern Baja California, Mexico.

Funding Needs

Ah-Mut Pipa is a small arts and culture organization totally dependent upon grants and donations.  We need funds for equipment (cameras, computers, printers, lights, portable stages, microphones, speakers, public address systems, projectors, etc.), operating expenses (phone, maintenance, printing, internet access, bank fee, utilities, rentals, etc.), consulting fees, travel expenses, and monies for at least one full-time (or part-time) staff.  We need monies to publish our manuscripts.

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Principal Officer

Preston Arrow-weed

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Preston Jefferson Arrow-weed

Quechan Tribe

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