Felton, Calif., August 27, 2012, 5:52 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- At Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Ohlone cultural artisans will share traditional basketry, songs and musical instruments, stories, dances, tools, language, and history.
During this family friendly event, visitors can throw an atlatl, play Ohlone games and find out how rocks cook meals and bay trees cure headaches. One of the highlights this year is a celebration of the ancient art of Ohlone basketry. Accomplished Indian basket weavers will teach about the important role Ohlone basket weaving has played in this culture's past, the native plants and animal materials used in their construction, and how these natural materials are gathered and prepared for weaving.
“Before the Spanish arrived in northern California in the eighteenth century, the native tribes now called Ohlone resided from the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula down to Big Sur in the south, and from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Diablo Range in the east.” said Brenda Holmes, Executive Director, Mountain Parks Foundation. “We are so pleased that the descendants of the Ohlone share their culture on this special day each year.”
The Ohlone thrived for hundreds of years by hunting, fishing, and gathering in this abundant region filled with elk, pronghorn (similar to an antelope), and deer as well as salmon, perch, and stickleback. They also gathered acorns, nuts, and berries. The typical dwelling was a dome-shaped house of woven or bundled mats of tules (grass like plants) or redwood bark where available.
The setting for Ohlone Day is the spectacular Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, where visitors can enjoy the Redwood Grove featuring 1,400-1,800 year old trees where the tallest tree is 285 feet tall, and close to 16 feet wide.
All activities are free with a cost for parking within the park of $10. The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off of Highway 9 in Felton at 101 Big Trees Park Road. Sponsors include Mountain Parks Foundation, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, Valley Women's Club, and California State Parks. More information can be found at www.mountainparks.org or by calling ( 831 ) 335- 7077 or (831) 335-3174.About Mountain Parks Foundation
Mountain Parks Foundation funds the nature education and enrichment programs offered at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks. We believe an informed public will ensure the preservation of the natural habitats and cultural history of our California State Parks. Interpretive and educational programs funded by Mountain Parks Foundation serve more than 1.5 million park visitors annually, including more than 200 students who participate in on-site curriculum-based educational programs.