Have you ever wondered about the people who lived here for hundreds if not thousands of years before Europeans and their descendants came to Hayfork Valley and the surrounding region? These were the people of the Wintu nation. They were the ancestors of many people still living here. Some of them have established the Wintu Educational and Cultural Council of Northern California to preserve the cultural ways and wisdom of their past, while also respecting the ways of others. Another important mission of theirs is to protect and preserve ancient sacred sites here. They have also helped revive the Acorn Ceremony and the Harvest Ceremony previously celebrated here for eons.
Three members of this Council have graciously agreed to come to our next Hayfork Cooperative meeting on Tuesday January 21, from 7-9 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse in Hayfork to share some of their cultural knowledge and some details of how life was lived here. Hayfork resident Tammy Russell will lead off with this, and include a traditional story or two, as well as demonstrate one of the many games they played. She will be joined by Tracy Foster-Olstad who will also touch on the monitoring of sacred and cultural sites she has been conducting. We will then be blessed by David Hayward singing traditional songs accompanied by drummers.
Following all of this Tammy. Stacy and David will open to questions and answers, and contributions from others. We hope you can join us to learn more about the people who lived on this land before we came to dwell here, and how some of their descendants are seeking to preserve their wisdom, respect for, and relationship with this place.
Happy harvest! Hayfork Farmer’s Market producer Ryan will review this garden year, talk about how we can prepare our garden for success next year, and tell us how to make a system of sustainability in our garden and in the greater Hayfork Valley. How perfect for this season and place!
Additionally, local chefs Ken and Gail will give us innovative ways to put our garden bounty to use, making a seasonally appropriate soup for everyone to share throughout the evening.
So don’t miss this gathering of Hayfork gardeners and other interested folks to celebrate another harvest in this quite special - and challenging - Hayfork Valley. There will be time for your questions, comments and garden discoveries, also.
As always this is a free event and all are welcome, so put this coming Tuesday October 15th at 7 pm on your calendar. And join us for this harvest festivity!
Bruce Gardiner will give a presentation of his work at Northern Delights Coffee Shop in Hayfork on Tuesday, September 17th at 7PM. He has been bringing Renewable Energy to communities in the developing world. Bruce has spent much of the last 6 years touring the globe, introducing people to Photovoltaics (solar electricity), solar cooking, solar hot water and improved biomass cook stoves. Countries visited so far include Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Madagascar, Tanzania and Haiti. Currently he lives part of the year in the Hayfork area.
Come and see photos of far-away places and hear stories from a solar gypsy. It's a great big, wide world out there – and we all need renewable energy! Tax deductible donations to support this work will be gratefully accepted.
This is presented under the auspices of Hayfork Cooperative, and is open to the public and free of charge.