27th Annual Ohlone Day
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Event features hands-on experiences to relate Ohlone cultural, social, and every-day life
Ohlone People share traditional basketry, songs and musical instruments, stories, dances, tools, language, and history at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, September 14, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. During this family-friendly event, visitors can throw an atlatl, play Ohlone games and find out how rocks cook meals and bay trees cure headaches.
One of the highlights this year is a celebration of the ancient art and material culture of Ohlone basketry. Accomplished Indian basket weavers will share the important role Ohlone baskets played in everyday life, the materials used in their construction, and how the native plants, feathers, and dyes are gathered and prepared for weaving. For thousands of years, the native tribes we now collectively call the Ohlone, thrived in this abundant region with plentiful sources of food and a life rich in culture. Descendants of the Ohlone People present this event each year so that visitors make connections to Ohlone culture in a meaningful way.
The event takes place in the group picnic area, one of the largest riparian forests in along the San Lorenzo River. The park is also known for its old-growth redwood forest along a .8 mile trail. All activities are free; Day-use parking fee is $10. The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off of Highway 9 in Felton at 101 Big Trees Park Road. Sponsors include Mountain Parks Foundation, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, Valley Women’s Club, and California State Parks.
More information can be found at www.mountainparks.org or by calling (831) 335-7077 or (831) 335-3174.