Local Spotlight — Yurok Designs & Photography

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“I am passionate about learning traditional ways and listening to the stories. I have decided to be public about my passion out of respect for my culture and my family of artisans.” – Kristi J. Smith, Yurok Designs & Photography

If you’ve ever visited the Yurok Country Visitor Center, Redwood Hotel Casino, or galleries throughout the North Coast, you may be familiar with Yurok Designs & Photography. Their apparel and photography pay tribute to the Yurok tribe and carry on an artistic tradition through photographs, art, cards, woven baskets, and other crafted goods.

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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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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.

 

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.