Spend Father’s Day Weekend in Yurok Country

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Native Art and Craft Fair, Traditional Gambling, BBQ and Thrilling Hydroplane Races down the Klamath River…It’s all happening Father’s Day Weekend!

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Father’s Day weekend is shaping up to be a big one here in Yurok Country! In addition to a Native Art and Craft Fair, visitors and locals can enjoy hosting traditional gambling in our amphitheater, Father’s Day BBQ specials and exciting Hydroplane races hosted by The Redwood Hotel Casino!

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Discover New Flavors and Support Local Businesses at Our Weekly Tasting Events!

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Sundays are about to get a lot tastier at the Visitor Center!

We are proud of the many local businesses in our region, which is why the Yurok Country Visitor Center will be hosting weekly tastings from local food companies every Sunday from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. beginning June 5th.

Stop on by every Sunday throughout summer and discover new products from featured local business like Oceanside Jams, Humboldt Hot Sauce, Shamus T Bones (makers of the Shamus T Bones Original “Smokehouse” BBQ Sauce), Larrupin’ Sauces, Paul’s Famous Smoked Salmon and Weitchpec Hot Sauce just to name a few.

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Yurok Brush Dance Demonstrations Coming in May

Yurok Brush Dance

Celebrate Yurok Culture at our Upcoming Brush Dance Demonstrations Saturday, May 21st & 28th, 2016.

Brush Dance Demos
Yurok Country Visitors Center
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. May 21st & 28th, 2016

The Yurok Country Visitor Center invites you to participate in a traditional Brush Dance demonstration the last 2 Saturdays in May. This presentation, led by our Cultural Coordinator James Gensaw, is a way to continue to pass on the Yurok language, arts, and traditions in the form of song and dance to the greater community. This is also and excellent opportunity for tribal members to learn more about Brush Dance etiquette. More

Join Us March 20th for the Kee Kyah Eel Roast!

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To celebrate the first day of Spring, The Yurok Country Visitor Center will host its first annual Kee Kyah Eel Roast on March 20th starting at 2 pm.

Join us for a traditional meal of local lamprey eel, beans, potato salad and a drink for $12. Plate tickets will be sold at the Yurok Country Visitor Center. The meal will be prepared, and provided across the street at the Yurok Village Discovery Park. Be sure to come early so you can catch Yurok Country Visitor Centers Cultural Coordinator, James Gensaw, providing traditional cleaning and cooking demonstration of the lamprey eel. More

Holiday Gift Sale During Thanksgiving Week

Yurok Jewelry and Crafts

Yurok Jewelry and Crafts

Visitors and locals traveling along Highway 101 next week will have a chance to save on unique gifts and keepsakes!  The Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater, one of the redwood region’s largest retail displays of local Native-made jewelry and crafts, is having it’s first ever Holiday Sale November 23-29, 2015 (closed on November 26th).

EVERYTHING is on sale at various discount prices (and yes, this includes our hand crafted consignment items).  Click here to see more photos!

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To accommodate the holiday sale, the Visitor Center will be open during special hours for one week only-

Monday November 23rd 10am-4pm
Tuesday November 24th 10am-4pm
Wednesday November 25th 10am-4pm
Thursday November 26th (Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday)
Friday November 27th 10am-4pm
Saturday November 28th 10am-4pm
Sunday November 29th 10am-4pm

Please visit visityurokcountry.com to see our regular hours or call (707) 482-1555

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The 3,500 square foot Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater
features interactive exhibits to teach visitors about the Yurok culture and history.
one of the redwood region’s largest retail displays of local Native-made jewelry and crafts.

Hands-on adventure guides are also available to help our guests learn more about the beautiful geographical attractions in the Klamath area and the Redwood National & State Parks. The Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater is conveniently located in Downtown Klamath, California- across from the Redwood Hotel Casino and Yurok Discovery Village. Please stop by and enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating Yurok history and traditions of the largest tribe in the state of California.

What’s New in Yurok Country

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Bear Island Designs
Awesome New Additions from Bear Island Designs and other brands.
Native American Crafts and Jewelry
We offer among the largest selections of Native American crafts and jewelry in the region.

The Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater celebrates the fall season with more Native American cultural events and tours that are free and open to the public. Our 3,500 square foot center features interactive exhibits to teach visitors about the Yurok culture and history along with one of the redwood region’s largest retail displays of local Native-made jewelry and crafts.

Hands-on adventure guides are also available to help our guests learn more about the beautiful geographical attractions in the Klamath area and the Redwood National & State Parks. The Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater is conveniently located in Downtown Klamath, California- across from the Redwood Hotel Casino and Yurok Discovery Village. Please stop by and enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating Yurok history and traditions of the largest tribe in the state of California.

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The Yurok Country Visitor Center is now open 11am-4pm Tuesday-Saturdays. We will be closed Sundays and Mondays.

Special Events Coming In November:

Learn How to Carve Traditional Fish Cooking Sticks November 5th-8th!
Yurok Tribe members will join Yurok Language & Cultural Specialist, James Gensaw to lead a free educational, hands-on lesson on how to carve traditional fish cooking stick in our amphitheater November 5th-8th. The public is encouraged to stop by The Yurok Country Visitor Center between the hours of 1-4p p.m. during those dates to learn how to carve sticks for traditional fish cooking. The sticks will be donated to the salmon dinner for the Inter Tribal Gathering hosted by the NCIDC in Eureka, CA.

James Gensaw is a renowned Yurok Language & Cultural Specialist, Teacher, Storyteller and Native Artist who has been featured in The New York Times, The LA Times, Smithsonian Magazine and again in this 2015 The New York Times article.

Yurok Vets to Be Honored in Veteran’s Day event November 11th
The Yurok Country Visitor Center will host a special Veteran’s Day event to honor the families of those who lost their lives, while serving in the United States armed forces. This special event will take place on at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the The Yurok Country Visitor Center. As a sign of appreciation for their sacrifice, the families of our Fallen Heroes that were Killed in Action(KIA) will receive a special gift from the Yurok Country Visitor Center.

The gathering will also feature a book signing by Yurok Tribal member Chag Lowry, author of The Original Patriots. Lowry will be accompanied by three local WWII Native American Veterans, whose stories were captured in the 270-page book.

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Taste Samples of Oceanside Jams at the Yurok Country Visitor Center Friday November 20th
Loleta California native Lee Ann Duclo specializes in preserving and forging Native American Berries. After years of canning smoked salmon and native berries with her family, she launched her own business, Oceanside Jams. The company’s creations, including alal jelly, red huckleberry jam and thimbleberry jam, is a local favorite and very popular here in the Yurok Country Visitor Center. Taste these delectable treats for yourself in the Visitor Center on November 20, 2015 from 12pm-3pm.

Guided Tours of Yurok Discovery Village Thursdays at 3 p.m. and upon request
Yurok Discovery Village is located next to the Redwood Hotel Casino,  directly across the street from the Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater. The park features a simulated traditional Yurok village and has been constructed using traditional materials such as redwood planks and Douglas fir poles. Learn More.

New Inventory

The Yurok Country Visitor Center offers one of the region’s largest retail displays of local Native-made jewelry and crafts. In addition, we promote area businesses and educate visitors about the history of the Yurok Tribe.  Click here to see more photos from our newest inventory. Better yet, stop by soon to see what’s new!  We’re pretty sure you’re going to find that perfect gift.

Yurok Gifts for Baby & Kids
Gifts for Baby & Kids

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Yurok Country Visitor Center to Honor Vets in November 11th Ceremony

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Yurok Author & Filmaker Chag Lowry
Yurok Author & Filmaker Chag Lowry will attend November 11th event to honor Yurok Veterans at The Yurok Country Visitors Center

Veteran’s Day event will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice

The Yurok Country Visitor Center is putting on a Veteran’s Day event to honor the families of those who lost their lives, while serving in the United States armed forces.

“We will be honoring the families of our Fallen Heroes and all military veterans,” said James Gensaw, the Cultural Coordinator for the Visitor Center and Yurok Tribal member. “Please come and show your support and help us honor our Yurok Veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice.”

This special event will take place on at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the new The Yurok Country Visitor Center, located on Klamath Blvd. in downtown Klamath. As a sign of appreciation for their sacrifice, the families of our Fallen Heroes that were Killed in Action(KIA) will receive a special gift from the Yurok Country Visitor Center.

The gathering will also feature a book signing by Yurok Tribal member Chag Lowry, author of The Original Patriots. The publication contains 60 interviews with Tribal World War II veterans, as well as a summary of Native American participation in World War I and information about the boarding school system that many veterans went to as children. Lowry will be accompanied by three local WWII Native American Veterans, whose stories were captured in the 270-page book.

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A Group of Veterans from the Yurok Tribe at a recent gathering.
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Yurok Veteran Barry Phillips, fought in France during WWI.

Hundreds of local Tribal people served in both World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War and in the current conflicts in the Middle East. Per capita, more Native Americans serve in the military than any other ethnic group, according to statistics compiled by the US Department of Defense.

To learn more about the Yurok Tribe, please check out the Yurok Country Visitor Center or visit us online at visityurokcountry.com.

What’s New at The Yurok Country Visitors Center: September 2015

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This traditional Yurok Style canoe was recently added to our collection at the Yurok Country Visitors Center.  The canoe was built by ​George Blake (Hupa & Yurok) and was previously on display at the Yurok Tribal Office. This canoe is still used today in our ceremonies and also to teach the local youth and community our traditional paddling and water safety.

After a very eventful summer, The Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater is transitioning into the fall season with new hours and more Native American cultural events and tours that are free and open to the public.

Our 3,500 square foot center features interactive exhibits to teach visitors about the Yurok culture and history along with one of the redwood region’s largest retail displays of local Native-made jewelry and crafts.
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Hands-on adventure guides are also available to help our guests learn more about the beautiful geographical attractions in the Klamath area and the Redwood National & State Parks. The Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater is conveniently located in Downtown Klamath, California- across from the Redwood Hotel Casino and Yurok Discovery Village.

Please stop by and enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating Yurok history and traditions of the largest tribe in the state of California.

Story Telling with James Gensaw

Yurok Language & Cultural Specialist, James Gensaw, shares his passion and knowledge of  Yurok traditions in a series of storytelling and educational events the whole family will enjoy.  Mr. Gensaw is a renowned Yurok Language & Cultural Specialist, Teacher, Storyteller and Native Artist who has been featured in The New York Times, The LA Times, Smithsonian Magazine and again in this 2015 The New York Times article. As a young man, Gensaw developed a love for the Yurok language and culture from his grandfather who taught him the Yurok words for dogs, birds and other animals.  Today, he works to preserve the Yurok language and traditions by sharing them through teaching and storytelling.

The Story of the Redwoods and The Yurok Tribe

The Story of Yurok People and the Redwoods

Wednesdays in September at 3 p.m. at the Amphitheater
Yurok Tribe Member and storyteller James Gensaw shares the story of the connection between the Yurok people and the Redwood Tree that dates back hundreds of years. This special presentation is followed by a tour Yurok Village Discovery Park, directly across the street from the visitor center.

Guided Tours of Yurok Discovery Village Thursdays at 3 p.m.

Yurok Discovery Village is located next to the Redwood Hotel Casino,  directly across the street from the Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater. The park features a simulated traditional Yurok village and has been constructed using traditional materials such as redwood planks and Douglas fir poles. Learn More.