Roseville to embrace Native celebration

March 20, 2017 by  

Earth’s natural cycles are celebrated and acknowledged by local Native peoples throughout the year, and include the Yomen, which occurs in the spring and will be celebrated late in April.

Traditionalists from various Californian-Indian backgrounds will be telling Indian folklore, demonstrating dancing, and singing depicting and celebrating spring.

Guided tours will be available every hour, and will take guests to a Nisenan People Historic Site. Many bedrock mortars, a large midden (an area containing refuse such as shards of pottery, relics, and animal bones), and petroglyphs will be on display.

Children will be able to make bracelets, pound acorns, make petroglyph rubbings, and go on a scavenger hunt. Dozens of interactive displays and exhibits will explain the material life and cultural of the Maiduan people, while crafts and tool making demonstrations will explore traditional skills that modern Indian tribes are still practicing. Out on the lawn under the ancient oak tree, Native artists will be exhibiting their work and offering their one-of-a-kind items for purchase. Food items, treats, and beverages will be available for sale too.

Many families bring cameras to capture their family members’ participation in the day’s activities. They then make copies for family newsletter printing.

The celebration will be at the Maidu Museum & Historic Site, 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville on Saturday, April 29. Taking place from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, there will be no admission fee.