Golden State Gourd Society

Norman Pico, Sr.




As President of the Golden State Gourd Society, it is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of one of our members, Mr. Norman Pico, Sr., on Friday, October 8, 2010.


Norman Pico, Sr. was taken into our organization in 1986 by the previous GSGS President, the late Les Hand.  People like Norm come around once in a lifetime.  As a member of the Golden State Gourd Society, Norm was always there for us and never hesitated whenever asked for his assistance.  Norm was a proud man; not only did he represent the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in the Temecula Valley, he was also a Veteran and proudly served his Country.


Norman Pico, Sr. held the Golden State Gourd Society in high regards with the respect and the dignity he showed when he put on his blanket, beads and sash.  This is what our Gourd Society is about.  As we carry on with our dances, let us not forget how this man and all the others who have gone on before gave unselfishly of their time and knowledge, so that we may continue to pass these traditions and values onto our children and grandchildren.


The Golden State Gourd Society would like to express our sincere sympathy to all members of the Pico family.  We will always be there for you in any way needed, such as Norman was there for all of us.    


May our Heavenly Father be with Norman as he begins his journey home.



God Bless,




Steve J. Bohay, President

Golden State Gourd Society



The family welcomes the public to attend a ceremony for Norman at the Pechanga Indian Reservation Government Center on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 2:00pm.  A memorial dinner will follow.

I write this with a heavy heavy heart. We mourn the lost of a gentleman, as well as an icon and pillar of the community, Mr. Henry Hale, who passed on Monday, May 4, 2009, as our creator called him home.

On behalf of the Golden State Gourd Society, I would like to thank Henry for his support of our organization, for without his knowledge of the songs & protocol that he shared as Hale & Company, we could not have a pow-wow the way it was meant to be.

As President of the GSGS and on behalf of our members, our prayers and thoughts go to his wife Lucy and his children.  It is through you, as well as all that he touched, that he will live on.

Steve Bohay, President
Golden State Gourd Society


It is my sad duty to announce the death of one of our founding members and beloved mother, Mamie Daugomah Bohay, who passed away with her family by her side on Jan. 18, 2007.  Being one of the first from Oklahoma to move during the government relocation program along with our father Phil, she helped with the start of the Drum and Feather Club, one of the first Powwow Organizations in the Los Angeles area, and the LA Indian Center, which is now S.C.I.C.  As a very active member of her other love, N.C.A.I. Rules and Credentials Committee, which her father helped charter in the late 20’s, she and her sister helped carry on the torch for that Organization.  She was an integral part of the formation of the Golden State Gourd Society and was one of its first secretaries.


I would like to thank the many people from across the nation who sent their love and prayers to our family.


I, as President of this Organization, will do my utmost to uphold what the founders of this great Society had envisioned for us all, past and present. 


Once again Thank you all, from the Bohay Daugomah Family.


Steve Bohay, President

Golden State Gourd Society