Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861
Native American Day: A Tribal Villages Celebration
September 28, 2018
Lowden Park, Weaverville, Trinity County, Ca
In 1998, a team of Trinity County teachers attended a three-day Institute sponsored by Humboldt State University Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP). These individuals worked cooperatively with the Trinity County Indian Education Committee to organize a Native American Day: A Tribal Villages Celebration that reflects the identities and values of the American Indian people of Trinity County. Successful Native American Days have been held annually for the past twenty years.
The County-wide American Indian Early Childhood Education Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the event. They have also created and distributed a curriculum guide for teachers of grades 3 and 4, linking Indian Day activities to the California content standards in history/social science, reading/language arts, science, math, and visual/performing arts. Native American Day features hands-on activities involving students in authentic local arts, crafts, dance, music, storytelling, food and other traditions facilitated by American Indians, and is designed to honor the local tribes and Indian community. Tribal elders take part in many aspects of this celebration, including the opening and closing blessings, and an honoring ceremony.
This year, the Committee is excited to announce that California Native American Day will take place on September 28, 2018 at 10:00 am at Lowden park in Weaverville. Local tribal members and honored elders are encouraged to attend. For more information about the program, the districts involved, and local tribes visit www.tcoek12.org and click on “Student Programs” and then “Native American Indian Education”.
Photo caption: Students learning how to scrape a deer hide to prepare it for use at the 2017 Native American Day: A Tribal Villages Celebration.