California - Stanislaus NF
Closed! Sierran Footsteps VII
July 9-12, 2015
Must commit to entire session
The Stanislaus National Forest is hosting its 7th annual Sierran Footsteps PIT project! Sierran Footsteps is a unique workshop that brings together volunteers, local educators and Me-Wuk cultural practitioners for four days and three nights of camping, plant gathering, weaving, storytelling, and cooking Me-Wuk cultural foods the traditional way. Through the skilled hands of Native basket weavers, participants will experience the richness of California Indian lifeways in a spectacular outdoor "classroom" next to the North Fork Stanislaus River at Wakaluu Hepyoo campground. Volunteers will learn to process acorn and to craft soaproot brushes and digging sticks, but, more importantly, they will come away with a deep appreciation for the traditional and contemporary ways of Native people. All materials and food (starting with dinner Thursday night) will be provided.
Participants will need to be at the Wakaluu Hepyoo campground by Noon on Thursday, July 9, in order to get set up and checked in. Lunch that day will be on your own. Volunteers should be aware that Sierran weather is fickle, so plan for rain and chilly nights when preparing your gear!
Number of openings: 10
Special skills: None required
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Tent and RV (limited spaces) camping at no charge at Wakaluu Hepyoo campground; water, flush toilets, showers, no hook-ups; Arnold is a full-service community with motels, B&Bs, restaurants, and a range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for personal camping equipment (including mess kit!) and transportation
Nearest towns: Arnold, 10 miles; Murphys, 20 miles; Angels Camp, 30 miles
Applications due: May 4, 2015