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Fun Events Happening at Maidu Museum & Historic Site

Jul 07, 2014 07:42AM ● By Brenna McGowan

You do not want to miss these exciting events at Maidu Museum & Historic Site this month!

Campfire: Friday, July 18, from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sit under the stars at our outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. They’ll provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end. Museum doors open at 7pm. $5 per person, $16 family of four, under 2 are FREE.

Native Storytime and Craft: Bring your child Monday, July 14 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. for native storytelling and a craft, part of the Summer Reading Program. This free event will end with a short nature hike through the historic site. For ages three and up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Roseville Public Library.

Night Out at the Museum: Join them Saturday, July 19, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. for a FREE Night Out at the Museum, part of the3rd Saturday Art Walk. Jennifer Bates, Mewuk Basket Weaver, will present “A Look at Central Sierra Basketry”.

Jennifer comes from a long line of Mewuk basket weavers. Her Mewuk family roots are from the village of He-chen-nu, in the Railroad Flat area in Calaveras County. Jennifer has been a weaver of traditional Mewuk baskets for over 45 years. Jennifer was a founding board member and the first Chairperson of the California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA) holding the position for the first 13 years.

She has traveled many parts of the United States and Mexico giving demonstrations, presentations, and talks on Mewuk basketry and material culture of the Central Sierra of California, including an opening introduction at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. for a special basketry exhibit. She also demonstrated for the Folk Life Festival in 2006. Jennifer continues today to share her knowledge of her love for California basketry. Museum doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

Volunteer Guide Training: July 28 – August 29. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If you like working with kids and learning about local native history and cultural heritage, join our team of volunteer guides. After training, volunteer docents lead tours of the museum and historic site to help teach children about native culture and the environment.

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Blog post information and picture courtesy of Maidu Museum & Historic Site.

Maidu Museum & Historic Site - Roseville, CA