The Story of Salmon and a Native Salmon Roast
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 9 am – 5:30 pm
Location: Romberg Tiburon Center, Tiburon, CA
(Driving Directions–Bus transporatation from the Embassy Suites Hotel at 8:30am)
Registration Fee: $195 (includes breakfast and lunch)
Co-presented by The Cultural Conservancy and Bioneers Indigeneity Program
Join us for a full-day immersion into the science, knowledge, stories and practices of California and Alaskan Natives working to protect their traditional salmon cultures, populations and habitats. Participants and students will receive an intimate educational experience with tribal cultural leaders imparting Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) practices of Bay Area and Alaskan Native salmon cultures.
- Native Overview of the Northern California Homelands
A traditional welcome and overview of the lands and cultures of the San Francisco Bay Area from local Native California Indian educators including Joanne Campbell, Coast Miwok Elder and Graton Rancheria Tribal member and Corrina Gould (Ohlone), leader of Shellmound Walks.
- Our Sacred Salmon - Brother and sister Dune Lankard (Eyak Athabaskan) and Pamela Lankard-Smith (Eyak Athabaskan), Co-Founders of the Eyak Preservation Council from the famed wild Copper River, Alaska, will portray the ongoing bat tle to protect the natural salmon ecosystem and indigenous cultural landscape against an onslaught of corporate resource extraction. Pamela will demonstrate and share her world famous spiritual traditions and cultural experience of preparing and smoking salmon for attendees. Caleen Sisk (Winnemem Wintu), Tribal Chief and Spiritual Leader will relate the story of prophecy about the sacred salmon of Mt. Shasta and how Indian nations are working to restore the local waters. Participants will watch Alaskan-style processing and smoking and taste the traditional food.
- Salmon Roast, Feast and Story Telling
- Cultural Art Break-Out Sessions
Fiber and Shell Art: Participants will breakout into small groups to learn about:
- Local abalone preservation and arts with local Miwok Maidu Artist Tiffany Adams.
- Traditional dogbane (Indian hemp) cordage-making with Ajachmem artist and activist L. Frank Manriquez.
(Participants will carve traditional cedar planks.)
- Closing Ceremony