Native Ways Celebration
Park: Lake Oroville SRA
For thousands of years, Maidu People lived off the landscape in the area that today we call Butte County.
The Lake Oroville Visitor Center is hosting a free Native Ways Celebration that offers family fun and hands-on experiences to learn about the Maidu and their skills, crafts, practices on Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
The Native Ways Celebration features local Maidu artisans and teachers, along with State Park Staff and docents who invite public participation in activities such as acorn meal preparation, use of musical instruments, playing native games, basket making, and uses of native plants.
Museum tours feature the life-size diorama of Maidu people working in an outdoor setting that is so real that visitors feel they have stepped back in time.
A special movie offering connects you with Maidu stories, culture, and history. Youngsters will enjoy Maidu stories, food, and fun at hands-on activity booths.
Event organizer, Mike Hubbartt, a state park interpreter at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center, comments on the significance of such a celebration. "The traditions and practices of these people thrive today in spite of the cultural conflict that was generated by the California gold rush 160 years ago."
He emphasized that, "These old ways offer answers to many problems of our stressful and hurried modern lifestyle of today. Learning these lessons will bring us all closer together."
This event is part of Oroville's twelfth annual Ishi Gathering and Seminar, a three day educational event that focuses on the lessons learned from the 1911 discovery of a solitary Indian who had been hiding for forty years in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
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