Cultural Strengthening

Storytelling Cultural Strengthening Program

40 week program, which can be delivered in individual stand alone topic sessions with Dr. Renda Dionne Madrigal.

1) Know Who You Are (MIND) (Vision and Intention, Understand impact of historical trauma, oppression, and current colonization, Strength in Indigenous Knowledge, Connection with self, Bird singing.)

2) Connection and Community (HEART) (Decolonizing-lateral oppression, Connection to self, family, tribe, Connection to other, Storytelling, Mask Making.)

3) Native Leadership: Be Who You Are (SPIRIT) (History of the people, Genealogy, Reclaiming Real Power, Being Substance Free, Giveaway, Connection to larger universe-ancestors)

Menil and Her Heart by Isabella Madrigal

Workshop Series and Play Performance

Come be part of native storytelling and native representation in the arts and support the importance of reindigenization. Menil and Her Heart is a contemporary play written by 16-year-old Isabella Madrigal (Cahuilla). This play is informed by traditional Cahuilla stories, represented in the play, and brings awareness to not only an important modern day issue: Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls, but also the importance of traditional stories in bringing strength and healing to us in today’s world.

WhatA series of workshops exploring traditional Cahuilla stories, including a performance of Menil and Her Heart by Isabella Madrigal.


Who: American Indians 14 and older (2 small parts for 2 girls between the ages of 6 and 10)

Where: Dorothy Ramon Learning Center. Banning, California

Come for the workshops exploring the traditional stories, be part of the play as actors, singers, musicians, dancers, or crew members (e.g., mask makers, set designers, costumes, lighting and sound). Come to the workshops even if you’re not part of the play or come to see the play to show your support without workshop participation.

All involvement is welcome and spreading the word of this project is important.  The February 24thperformance is open to everyone. Individuals interested in being in the performance must be present at all workshops and rehearsal dates.  Save the Dates!

Workshop 1

Devil Woman and The Story of the New Stars from Stories and Legends of the Palm Springs Indians by Chief Francisco Patencio

February 10, 2019; 10:00-5:00 pm

Workshop 2

Origin of the Birds from The Cahuilla Indians by Lucile Hooper

February 15, 2019; 3:30-7:30 pm

Workshop 3

Menil and Her Heart by Isabella Madrigal

February 22, 2019: 3:30-7:30 pm


Menil and Her Heart by Isabella Madrigal

February 23, 2019: 10:00-3:00


Menil and Her Heart by Isabella Madrigal

                                                           February 24, 2019; 3:00 PM