Public invited to take a “Passport in Time”

Sonora, California, April 16, 2015 – Stanislaus National Forest is hosting a free cultural event in July and the public is invited to explore the rich history of California Indian lifeways.

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Wakaluu Hepyoo Campground

The 7th annual Sierra Footsteps Passport in Time event will be held from July 9th to 12th at the Wakaluu Hepyoo Campground, on the Calaveras Ranger District of the Stanislaus.
The workshop highlights Me-Wuk cultural practices and is free but applications must be received by May 3rd. Volunteers, local educators and Me-Wuk cultural practitioners will all join together for this annual cultural event. If this sparks your interest, visit: http://www.passportintime.com for details.

“For four days and three nights, everyone will gather to camp, weave, tell stories and cookStanislaus River Me-Wuk cultural foods in the traditional way,” said Kathy Strain, Forest Heritage Resource and Tribal Relations Program Manager. “Through the skilled hands of Native basket weavers, participants will experience the richness of traditional ways in a spectacular outdoor setting.”

Participants will learn to process acorn and to craft soaproot brushes and digging sticks. “More importantly,” said Strain, “they will leave the experience with a deep appreciation for the traditional and contemporary ways of Native people.”

All materials and food, beginning on Thursday night, will be provided.


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