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.