The Nisenan people of the Nevada City Rancheria, along with the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (C.H.I.R.P.), welcome to the public to celebrate Nisenan Heritage Day on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The day program will be filled with panel discussions, performances, and a symposium, while the evening program includes a rock concert featuring two bands. The event will be packed with local American Indian talent and artisans, as well as specially invited guests from neighboring Tribal groups. The day and afternoon programs are free of charge. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and is $10.00 per person. A no host bar will be available during the evening program. Tickets are available online, by person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.
Admission is free for Nisenan Heritage Day. Admission to the Evening Concert is $10.00 per person. Please see below for a full schedule of activities.
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ~ The Nevada County Historical Society will host an artifact symposium. A panel of experts will gather to answer questions regarding laws governing mining, railroads, and Native American artifacts.
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ~ Traditional Native American Dancers (including descendants of Chief Louis Kelly), Basket weaving demonstrations, and an informal salon hosted by Native American Artisans and “Painting is Medicine” artist Debora Iyall.
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ~ Presentations (order to be announced)
Judith Lowery – discussions on Native American Contemporary Art
Dr Tanis Thorne & Hank Meals – California Indian Treaties of 1851
Dr. Sherri Tatsch – discussion about the Nisenan language and its many dialects
Marcos Guerrero – indigenous archeology and the cosmos
Nevada City Rancheria – history of the Nisenan, recognition and termination
Richard Hurley & T.J. Meekins – American California and the Fate of the Nisenan
Adela Morris, Institute of Canine Forensics – discussion about how dogs help with Tribal burials
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ~ The Debora Iyall Band
7:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ~ Shelly Covert & UnderCover
The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.
The Foundry is a non profit organization, proud to support other area non profits such as the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project.