“Go Native!” – Third annual Native American cultural celebration

May 21, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Basketweaving classes. Native arts. Native plant sale. Guided hike of Kaweah Oaks Preserve.

Join us for a fun and educational day spent learning about and celebrating the rich Native American culture, art and traditions that once flourished in this Kaweah Delta region. This festival of Native American life and culture will be held under the shade of the great valley oaks at the Kaweah Oaks Preserve.

Participate in a traditional native ceremony, sit in on a basketweaving class, make a deerskin rattle, eat an Indian taco for lunch, take a guided hike of the preserve and purchase some native plants for your home. Learn about the importance of baskets, the native plants that are used to make them, the challenges traditional basketweavers face with regard to land access and pesticide use, and much more.

Schedule of Events:

10:00    Opening Prayer – Marie Wilcox

10:15     Welcome/History of Gathering – Jennifer

10:30     Basketweaving Classes Begin – All Day

  • Milkweed Rope – Don Jack
  • Deerskin Rattles – Sandy Clark
  • Tule Decoy Ducks – Diana Almanderez
  • Pine Needle Baskets – David Garcia
  • Willow Rattles – Nicola Larsen
  • Coil Baskets – Lawana Jasso

10:30     Guided Nature Hike

All Day:

  • Indian Tacos
  • Children’s Activities
  • Vendors /Crafts
  • Raffle (Drawings and winners announced all day)
  • Native Plant Sale (if you have any questions about native plants, contact Andrew Glazier, 559-737-8637)

12:00 – 1:30       Teachers Lunch/Break

1:30 – 2:30   Continuation of Basketweaving Classes

2:30  – 3:00   Closing Prayer / Teacher Recognition

Who: Jennifer Malone, event organizer and master basketweaver, is a full-blooded California Native American whose family is Wukchumni, Yowlumni, and Tachi. In partnership with Sequoia Riverlands Trust, Jennifer has been transplanting soaproot and gathering sedge from Kaweah Oaks Preserve for years. This will be her second year organizing the “Go Native!” event, which teaches local weavers how to gather these plants for use in weaving traditional baskets. Jennifer carries on a long family tradition of basketweaving, having learned it from watching her grandmother Beatrice Arancis. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Indian Basketweavers Association.

Where: Kaweah Oaks Preserve is located on Road 182, approximately seven miles east of downtown Visalia via Highway 198. Drive north on Road 182 one-half mile. Park on the west side of the road; walk past the gate to enter and meet in the picnic area.

Donation: $10 for Sequoia Riverlands Trust members; $15 non-members. Become a member that day and attend the program for free. Memberships start at $35 for an individual or $50 for a family.


Film Screening – Kaweah Land & Arts Festival

May 14, 2010

Reedley College is promoting the release of their documentary film about the Kaweah Land & Arts Festival. The film focuses, in particular, on three artists featured at the festival: Matthew Rangel, John Spivey and Paul Buxman.

Please join us for this film event, which will be a sensational tour of the land and art of the Kaweah watershed.  The students, film director, artists and SRT will all be present to join the public in a conversation about the magnitude and influence of this cultural movement happening right here in our own backyard. The cultural movement is blurring the lines between the experience of art and the experience of nature. It’s truly exhilarating. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the art, artists and land of the Kaweah!

The screening will be on Wednesday, May 19 from 6-8pm at Reedley College in the Student Center building, adjacent to the bookstore and a stone’s toss away from the centrally located campus fountain. Reedley College is located at: 995 North Reed Ave., Reedley, CA 93654.


6:00      Art exhibit opens
6:15      Welcome Dr. Hioco
6:20      Introduction of Art Faculty and students (Tom)
6:25      Introduction of Project (Janice Ledgerwood)
6:30      Introduction of Film (Diran Lyons)
6:35      Film Screening
7:05      Q & A (Diran and Janice)
Art exhibit and reception immediately following Q & A

Spring stargazing party at Dry Creek Preserve

May 13, 2010

Join local astronomers for a “star-studded” tour of the great night sky

When: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 9:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.

What: The second of three stargazing parties at Sequoia Riverlands Trust’s Dry Creek Preserve.

Why: Before the summer heat scares us all inside, let’s take time now to enjoy the outdoors as much as we can.  Join us this Saturday nigh to learn about the skyscape — from stars, planets and constellations to the Milky Way, nebulas and super novas. Several large telescopes will be on hand, and avid astronomer Greg Eckes and others from the Tulare Astronomical Association will answer your questions about the universe and distant galaxies.

Where: Dry Creek Preserve, located near Lemon Cove. From Visalia, travel east on Highway 198 to Highway 216 (about 17 miles). Follow Highway 216 west toward Woodlake one-half mile and turn right (north) on Dry Creek Road. The preserve is located two miles down on your right.

Bring: Water, layered clothes, insect repellant, blankets or lawn chairs and a friend.  If you have a telescope, binoculars or star chart, bring those as well. Please, no dogs.

Special notes:

1)    If you are late to the event, please park your vehicle on the roadside, outside the gate and walk in. This helps other participants keep their night vision by avoiding your headlights.

2)    Because white light from flashlights makes it harder to see the night sky, use only red-lamped flashlights, or retrofit your regular flashlight using red cellophane and a rubber band.

3)    If you have a new telescope that you’d like to bring, please do a trial run at home to make sure you know how to properly operate your equipment.

Donation request: $10 Sequoia Riverlands Trust members; $15 non-members. Join that day and attend the program for free. Memberships start at $35 for an individual or $50 for a family.

About Dry Creek Preserve: Since California Portland Cement Company donated this 152-acre quarry north of Lemon Cove in 2004, Sequoia Riverlands Trust has been restoring natural stream flows, re-contouring disturbed areas, seeding native grasses and planting oak and sycamore trees. As of December 2009, this preserve is the first example of an ecologically-based aggregate mine reclamation in Tulare County. SRT will be opening the preserve for year-round public enjoyment in late spring of 2011. The preserve serve the community as a place to enjoy natural river environments while learning how retired gravel mines can again provide wildlife habitat, scenic beauty and an opportunity for community stewardship.