TUOLUMNE, CA (Sept. 1, 2010) Join the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians in a celebration of community, and tradition of the seasonal acorn harvest, at the 44th Annual Acorn Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 & 12, 2010 at the Tuolumne Rancheria. The Rancheria is just 7 miles east of Sonora, California.
The Acorn Festival offers a variety of exhibits and food choices for guests, including Native arts and crafts displays by regional artisans, a deep pit bar-b-q dinner, Indian tacos, and traditional dancing. An inter-tribal Pow Wow will also be held on the Rancheria for Native Americans who have gathered to celebrate ceremonial dance styles from across Indian Country. Northern and Southern drums will also be represented with their unique singing and drumming styles.
One of the highlights of the festival is the popular "Hand Games Tournament". This traditional game-of-chance is played while singing spirited gambling songs as teams compete in guessing the "bones". Games can last for a few minutes or for days. Prizes for this year’s tournament include a $3,000 purse for 1st place.
The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians’ mission is to "Build a Sense of Community Through Sharing". This includes sharing of knowledge and tradition that historically dates back to 1910 when the Tuolumne Rancheria was established. It was originally founded as a reservation for homeless natives in the area.
Through programs with Elders and speakers of the language, Me-Wuk traditions and native languages are being taught to the young ones today. The Rancheria has since developed to include many community-enriching facilities such as the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indians Health Center, Westside Property, and Black Oak Casino.
For more information about Black Oak Casino, overnight accommodations, or to learn more about the current promotions, please visit www.blackoakcasino.com or call (877) 747-8777. Black Oak Casino is located in Tuolumne, just 7 miles east of Sonora, off Highway 108.