Ernest Teutimez Salas

Ernest “Ernie” Perez Teutimez Salas, chief and spiritual leader of the Kizh tribe, blesses the bear wood carving in Pomona’s Ganesha Park with a short prayer and burning sage in an abalone shell perched on a deer antler.

This story was originally published by La Verne Magazine. This piece won First Place in Magazine Personality Story at the University of La Verne’s Communication Department Awards.

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