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.

Pacific lamprey, commonly called eels,  are a significant part of Yurok culture.  Every year, from late winter to early spring, the eels enter the Klamath River to spawn. Since the origin of time, Yuroks have hooked eels at the mouth of the Klamath River and collected the delicious fish in woven baskets farther up.

Eel Roast

James Gensaw demonstrates how to hook a Pacific lamprey at the mouth of the Klamath River. (Photo: New York Times)

Eels are an important part of Yurok people’s seasonal diet, which is largely comprised of several fish species that enter the river at different times of the year.

The eels that come right out of the ocean are fresh, fat and fantastic eating. They are packed with protein, omega 3 fatty acids as well as vital vitamins and minerals. Eels are also low in carbohydrates.

Contact the Yurok Country Visitor Center at (707) 482-1555 for more info.
Address: 101 Klamath Blvd, Klamath, CA 95548

Click here to learn more about this tradition.

Story source: http://www.yuroktribe.org/documents/march_final_2013_web.pdf