Friday, September 5, 2014

Wiyot Days

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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Humboldt's rich history goes back further than logging and choo-choo trains. Waaaay further back. Before it was settled as a poorly chosen port by the sea, Humboldt was home to a number of indigenous tribes. Wiyot Day (free) is all about celebrating and honoring one of those tribes. On Saturday, September 6, from noon until 9 p.m., at the Table Bluff Reservation, the Wiyot tribe presents a day of remembrance, honor, dance, food and music, all in celebration of their rich history and the elders who made it all possible.

The day starts with a ceremonial opening from emcee Lonyx Landry at noon. Following a short blessing and welcoming, the brush dancers perform a traditional dance number at 12:30 p..m. Then, at 1:30 p.m. the attending elders are presented with their gifts. From 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., a traditional lunch will be served, followed by more traditional dances from the brush dancers, feather dancers and bear dancers.

The event is free and open to all ages, though donations are accepted. It's also a drug and alcohol-free event. Though it may be tempting to bring your pets to this outdoor event, please leave them at home. 

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