Tribal Members Invite Community To Honor Indigenous History, Culture

Don't miss an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate Indian culture of the northern Sierra. Indigenous Peoples Days, set in and around Nevada City, California takes place Friday, October 5th through Monday, October 8th, 2007.

Hosting the event, two local tribes, the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe and the Colfax-Todds Valley -Colfax Consolidated Tribe, invite the public to learn about their history, come together to heal the wounds of the past, and celebrate their culture.

Friday at 4PM is a ceremony to dedicate local Maidu land in Nevada City, the center of the Gold Rush that exterminated 99.5% of the ancestors.

Saturday's Calling Back the Salmon ceremony begins at sunrise at Parks Bar on the lower Yuba River. Spirit Runners will then carry a speared salmon upstream to Bridgeport Crossing where an elder will perform the traditional ceremony held in 2006 for the first time in 156 years.

Read about Catherine's experience running in last year's event.

Sunday is an all-day music , food and cultural event at the Tsi-Akim Active Cultural Center at Burton Park, outside Nevada City.

Monday the public is invited to a day of discussion, storytelling, traditional singing and drumming broadcast live on KVMR 89.5FM.

Indigenous Peoples Days are hosted by the Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe and the Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated tribe. Community sponsors include: KVMR-FM, the South Yuba River Citizens League, the Sierra Fund, the Seventh Generation Fund, the Miners Foundry, the Nevada County Land Trust, Nevada County Indian Education, Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute, California State Parks, California Fish and Game, and Briarpatch Community Coop.

Donations will be accepted at the door on Sunday and Monday, with a fee for Monday dinner. The four day event is alcohol and drug free, and open to the public.

Volunteers are invited to help with this event. Volunteers can contact Stephanie Lorenson at the Nevada County Land Trust, 530-272-5994. For questions about the children's event on Monday morning, call Donna Uran at 530-478-1656, or email uran@alum.mit.edu

For more information, call the Tsi Akim Tribal office at 530-265-0711 or go online to: www.indigenouspeoplesdays.org.

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