NEVADA CITY, CA — The indigenous people of Nevada County, the Nisenan of the Nevada City Rancheria, along with the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP), invite the public to celebrate the first ever Nisenan Heritage Day on Saturday, October 13th, 2012, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City. “The Nevada City Rancheria and CHIRP are hosting this event to foster community relationships, to share Nisenan culture, and to preserve the true and correct history of the original people of this land,” says Shelly Covert, Secretary of the Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council.
An Artifact Symposium hosted by the Nevada County Historical Society kicks off the day – registration opens at 8:00 a.m. The symposium will host a distinguished panel including professors and other local professionals to answer questions regarding laws governing mining, railroads, and Native American artifacts. The panel will also open the floor to questions about local artifacts.
Watch basket weaving demonstrations, meet Nisenan descendants whose families were here on these lands prior to the 1848 Gold Rush, learn about the history of the Nisenan Reservation – the Nevada City Rancheria created by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913 – and learn how it was lost in 1964. “The California Indian Basketweavers will have a booth,” says CHIRP founder Judith Lowry, “along with The Native Daughters of the Golden West, Sierra Streams Institute, and others will be there along with artisans including some of our finest California Indian jewelers. This is a purely California Native Culture event.” The Colfax Todd Valley Tribe will provide Indian Tacos for sale at 12:30 p.m.
Mid-day/afternoon presentations in the Great Hall include Tribal Chairman of the Nevada City Rancheria, Richard Johnson, welcoming everyone & introducing the remaining Nisenan Elders, Native American dancers, special guests, and Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Councilmembers. Presentations begin at 12:30 pm with Judith Lowry – discussions on Native American Contemporary Art, Dr. Tanis Thorne & Hank Meals – California Indian Treaties of 1851, Dr. Sheri Tatsch – discussion about the Nisenan language & its many dialects, Marcos Guerrero – indigenous archeology & the cosmos, Nevada City Rancheria – history of the Nisenan recognition & termination, Richard Hurley & TJ Meekins – American California and the Fate of the Nisenan, Adela Morris: Institute of Canine Forensics – how the dogs help discover Tribal burials, and Debora Iyall – “Painting is Medicine” Art Exhibit. Order of the presentations to be announced.
An evening of music and dancing begins at 5:30 p.m. with The Debora Iyall Band, and Shelly Covert & UnderCover. A “no host” bar is available during the program. Tickets are available online http://www.nevadacityboxoffice.org, by phone at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, in person at BriarPatch Co-Op in Grass Valley and at the door.
Contact: Shelly Covert, Secretary of the Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council
Judith Lowry, Founder of the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP)