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

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.

 

Award Winning Actress Invites Community to Free Performance in Klamath

Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Actress Anna Deavere Smith to Give Free Presentation of Excerpts from Critically Acclaimed
Production Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7 p.m.

If you plan to be in town for the 53rd Annual Salmon Festival on August 22nd, we suggest sticking around an extra day or two.  Renowned writer, actor and educator Anna Deavere Smith is bringing excerpts from her critically acclaimed one-woman show, “Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter” to the Yurok Tribal Administration Building/Community Room in Klamath on Monday, August 24, 2015.

This compelling and inspiring production addresses the lost generation of youth from poor communities by featuring stories about the nation’s school-to-prison pipeline.

Smith believes that we all have the imagination, the wit, and the heart to make a difference. “Through this special presentation, I hope that we can build a model for art to be in direct connection to advocacy” the award winning television, film and theatre actress says.

In order to create the show, Ms. Smith consulted with numerous experts and witnesses, including Yurok fisherman Taos Proctor, a former inmate who has transformed his life and is now giving back to the community. Through this collaboration, Ms. Smith developed a personal interest in the Yurok people and will perform for free as a gift to the community.

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The 7 p.m. show will run approximately 90 minutes and there will be NO cost for admission, but there is limited seating so we advise arriving early.  This special one time appearance is co-sponsored by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and is underwritten by a grant from the California Endowment. Read about “Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter”, in the LA Times to learn more.

About
Anna Deavere Smith is an actress and playwright and has appeared at Berkeley Rep in Let Me Down Easy, Fires in the Mirror, and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. She is said to have created a new form of theatre. She has created more than 18 one-person shows based on hundreds of interviews, most of which deal with social issues. Twilight: Los Angeles, about the Los Angeles race riots of 1992, was performed around the country and on Broadway. PBS is currently streaming that play due to its relevance to current events. Her most recent one-person show, Let Me Down Easy, focused on health care in the U.S. Three of her plays have been broadcast on American Playhouse and Great Performances (PBS). In popular culture you have seen her in Nurse Jackie, Blackish, Madame Secretary, The West Wing, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, and others. Books include Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines. She is founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University.

Recently she was named the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lecture, established in 1972, is the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Prizes include the National Humanities Medal presented by President Obama, a MacArthur fellowship, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, two Tony nominations, and two Obies. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. She has received several honorary degrees, among them from Yale University, Juilliard, the University of Pennsylvania, Spelman, Williams, Northwestern, and Radcliffe. She serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Aspen Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, and Grace Cathedral-San Francisco. She is a University Professor at New York University.

August 2015 Yurok Country Visitor Center Events

Yurok Gambling Game

August Brings the Annual Salmon Festival, Traditional Story Telling, Gambling Games and More to Yurok Country

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The Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater continues to celebrate our grand opening by hosting a series of Native American cultural events this month you won’t want to miss.  These enriching events are a not only free and open to the public, they are a great 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

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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.

Red Breast Robin Story

Wednesdays in August: 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Don’t miss the classic tale, Red Breast Robin Story as told by James Gensaw each Wednesday in August at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. The story will be followed by a tour of the brand new Yurok Village Discovery Park, directly across the street from the visitor center. This self-guided park features a simulated traditional Yurok village and has been constructed using traditional materials such as redwood planks and Douglas fir poles.

The Story of Yurok People and the Redwoods

Fridays in August: 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
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.

Traditional Gambling Games & Storytelling Friday, August 21, 2015

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A Traditional Yurok Gambling Game

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Two Sessions on Friday, August 21, 2015 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Please join us at the Yurok Country Visitor Center Amphitheater on Friday, August 21, 2015 when as Yurok Tribe members present a very special enrichment session about the traditional gambling game, a guessing game played in Northern California by the Yurok, Hupa, Karuk, Wiyot and Tolowa people. The event includes traditional storytelling and gambling demonstrations.

Gambling Tournament Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Join the fun as the Yurok Tribe hosts a competitive Gambling Tournament at the Yurok Country Visitor Center Amphitheater as part of the 53rd Annual Klamath Salmon Festival Saturday, August 22nd, 2015. Team sign ups are between 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. with the games starting at 11 a.m. There will be a $25 team sign up fee with proceeds going to the champions.

53rd Annual Klamath Salmon Festival Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

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The Yurok Tribe invites the community to the 53rd Annual Klamath Salmon Festival, Saturday August 22, 2015.  This family-friendly festival is free and open to the public. The festivities kick off with a Veteran’s breakfast (free for veterans), held at the Klamath Community Center on Salmon Blvd, at 8:00am along with the 4th Annual Ney’ Puey 5K Run begins (sign up for the run begins at 7:00am). Visitors will also enjoy a Yurok Tribe, Cultural Demonstration, Stick Game Competition, Indian Card Games, Traditional Salmon BBQ, Vendor Booths, Children’s Activities, Food booths, LIVE MUSIC, Watermelon Eating Contest, Softball Tournament, Cribbage Tournament, Classic Car Show and more!

For up-to-date information and to sign up for events visit www.yuroktribe.org/salmonfestival.htm.  You can also follow our Facebook Page updates by clicking here.

Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater
The 3,500 square foot center features interactive exhibits 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.

Yurok Country Visitor Center Events: July 2015

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“The Yurok Country Visitor Center will educate visitors about the traditions and culture of the tribe and about life along the Klamath River and the Redwood Coast” – Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe

Yurok Tribe This summer, plan a visit to the brand new Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater, conveniently located in Downtown Klamath, California- across from the Redwood Hotel Casino and Yurok Discovery Village.

The 3,500 square foot center features interactive exhibits 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.

These events are free and open to the public.

Story Telling with James Gensaw

Red Breast Robin Story

July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Don’t miss the classic tale, Red Breast Robin Story as told by Yurok Language Specialist and Tribe Member, James Gensaw each Wednesday in July at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. The story will be followed by a tour of the brand new Yurok Village Discovery Park, directly across the street from the visitor center. This self-guided park features a simulated traditional Yurok village and has been constructed using traditional materials such as redwood planks and Douglas fir poles.

The Story of Yurok People and the Redwoods

July 17th, July 24th, and July 31st 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
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.

Native Craft Fair

July 24th & 25th
The first ever Native Craft Fair will be held at the Yurok Country Visitor Center on July 24th and 25th. Vendors need to contact Madison Green at the Yurok Country Visitor Center (707) 482-1555 mgreen@redwoodhotelcasino.com.

The Yurok Tribe’s Klamath Salmon Festival

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
The Yurok Tribe invites the community to the 53rd Annual Klamath Salmon Festival, Saturday August 22, 2015.  This family-friendly festival is free and open to the public. The festivities kick off with a Veteran’s breakfast (free for veterans), held at the Klamath Community Center on Salmon Blvd, at 8:00am along with the 4th Annual Ney’ Puey 5K Run begins (sign up for the run begins at 7:00am). Visitors will also enjoy a Yurok Tribe, Cultural Demonstration, Stick Game Competition, Indian Card Games, Traditional Salmon BBQ, Vendor Booths, Children’s Activities, Food booths, LIVE MUSIC, Watermelon Eating Contest, Softball Tournament, Cribbage Tournament, Classic Car Show and more!

For up-to-date information and to sign up for events visit www.yuroktribe.org/salmonfestival.htm.  You can also follow our Facebook Page updates by clicking here.

 

Yurok Country Visitor Center is Now Open

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After months of hard work and anticipation, the brand new 3,500 square‐foot Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater officially opened its doors to the public Thursday, June 18, 2015 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The new facility is part of a multi‐million dollar economic development initiative to improve Downtown Klamath.

In addition to revitalizing the area, this new facility will offer tourists and locals a place to learn about Yurok history while giving Klamath an economic boost. The new visitor’s center will highlight geographical attractions in the Klamath area and the Redwood National & State Parks.

“The Yurok Country Visitor Center will educate visitors about the traditions and culture of the tribe and about life along the Klamath River and the redwood coast,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “This beautiful new facility will become a hub for tourist information and local businesses.”

Yurok Tribe said its new visitor’s center is one of the tribe’s latest job-creating ventures; supporting tribal artisans by offering one of the redwood region’s largest retail displays of local Native-made jewelry and crafts. It will also promote area businesses and educate visitors about the history of the tribe.

“We hope by investing in the town’s infrastructure and facilities we can help existing local businesses and attract new ones to our area. This will create long‐term prosperity for all,” O’Rourke Sr. continued.

The center along with a reconstructed Yurok village was paid for by federal funding from the National Scenic Byways Program.

Click here to see more photos from the June 18th opening celebration.

The visitors center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
101 Klamath Blvd
Klamath, CA 95548
(707) 482-1555
info@visityurokcountry.com

Cal-Ore River Race on the Klamath This Weekend!

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We are thrilled to announce the Cal-Ore River Racers are returning to the Klamath river this Father’s Day weekend.  Come out and enjoy a beautiful day as racers compete in high flying hydroplane boats moving through the water at 80+ mph!

Cal-Ore River Racers has been conducting white water hydroplane races on the wild rivers of Southern Oregon and Northern California Since 1959 and is sanctioned by The American Power Boat Association.

The hydroplane boats will be on display at the Redwood Hotel Casino this Friday from 4 p.m. -7 p.m.  The best place to watch the races is Klamath Jet Boat Tours.  Qualifiers are on Saturday, June 20th at 12 p.m.  Racing will begin on Sunday, June 21st at 12 p.m.  An awards ceremony will follow on at 3pm at the Redwood Hotel Casino.

Visitors are encouraged to come by the Abalone Bar & Grill for delicious Father’s Day BBQ specials!

For more info and additional details, please visit the Cal-Ore River Racers website. 

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Photo- Mark Sharley via Cal-Ore River Racers

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Photo Makr Sharley via Cal-Ore River Racers

 

Photos source: sites.google.com

 

The Yurok Tribe Presents the 2015 Klamath Salmon Festival

Salmon Festival

Salmon Festival

The Yurok Tribe invites the community to the 53rd Annual Klamath Salmon Festival, Saturday August 22, 2015. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Yurok Tribe, the largest tribe in California, their culture and the Klamath River.

This family-friendly festival is free and open to the public. The festivities kick off with a Veteran’s breakfast (free for veterans), held at the Klamath Community Center on Salmon Blvd, at 8:00am along with the 4th Annual Ney’ Puey 5K Run begins (sign up for the run begins at 7:00am).

Visitors will also enjoy aYurok Tribe, Cultural Demonstration, Stick Game Competition, Indian Card Games, Traditional Salmon BBQ, Vendor Booths, Children’s Activities, Food booths, LIVE MUSIC, Watermelon Eating Contest, Softball Tournament, Cribbage Tournament, Classic Car Show and more!

For up-to-date information and to sign up for events visit www.yuroktribe.org/salmonfestival.htm.

Salmon Festival Parade

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Yurok Country Visitor Center & Amphitheater Opens June 18th!

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The much anticipated opening of the Yurok Country Visitor Center is finally here! The facility, opening to the public June 18th, will be the hub for tourist information and local businesses while educating visitors about the Yurok Tribe’s Heritage and culture. Come and learn about the ancestral lands of the Yuork people, including much of the coastline near present day Klamath, extending up the Klamath River for over 40 miles.

The Yurok Tribal Council and Yurok Visitor Center are hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday June 17th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. which will include a cultural talk in the amphitheater, cake and light refreshments.

The approximately 3,500 square-foot Yurok Country Visitor Center is located in Downtown Klamath on the corner of Klamath Blvd and Klamath Circle and is within walking distance from Redwood Hotel Casino. The location is also in the heart of Redwood National and State Parks, home to some of the last remaining old-growth redwoods on the planet.

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In keeping with traditional Yurok design and building practices, the new facility incorporates green building design and materials with renewable energy resources including solar, wind, and geothermal heating.  The already lush area is beautifully landscaped with local native plants and interpretive signage indicating the native Yurok use of the plants.

Visitors will also be welcome to explore the brand new Yurok Village Discovery Park, directly across the street from the visitor center. This self-guided park features a simulated traditional Yurok village and fish cooking pit for private events. The village has been constructed using traditional materials such as redwood planks and Douglas fir poles.

The Park also includes an outdoor gathering circle (amphitheater), walking trails, canoe carving area, handicapped accessible restrooms, outdoor lighting, paved parking areas and access roadways. The cultural park will provide a space for Tribal families to provide for an interchange of Yurok culture and history to current and future generations.