College of Marin Professors Bring History to Life at the Big Time Festival

College of Marin

Day-long Point Reyes Event to Celebrate Coast Miwok and Pomo Peoples on July 17

Kentfield, CA— July 13, 2010 —In celebration of the 30th annual Big Time Native American festival held each year at Point Reyes in honor of the Coast Miwok and Pomo peoples, College of Marin instructors will be sharing indigenous history and serving up indigenous foods July 17, as part of the summer Community Education & Services program.

“There is no better place in the world to learn about Marin’s indigenous peoples than at the 30th Anniversary of Big Time this year,” said Janice Austin, interim director for the college’s Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education.

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station
College of Marin Summer Community Education Course #65131
Cost $24 (Includes $18 special fee). Students provide their own transportation.

Retired College of Marin anthropology professor Betty Goerke, author of Chief Marin: Leader, Rebel, and Legend, will provide a short history of the native people at Point Reyes; California basketry expert Ralph Shanks will present California Indian baskets; and Gene Buvelot, a councilmember of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, will talk about the Coast Miwok and where they are today.

Students will be treated to a menu created by Chef John Farais of Indigenous Edibles in Rohnert Park. The lunch includes broiled salmon with blackberry ketchup, red, white and black quinoa, amaranth and wild rice, citrus seaweed salad, acorn brownie and mint tea.

“This really is a not-to-be-missed special event, celebrating Marin’s indigenous peoples, their heritage and traditions,” Austin said.

The lunch and lecture program is part of an annual, free, day-long celebration that is sponsored by the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin and the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Visitors are invited to view Native American dancing, peruse a crafts fair and take informal tours of Kule Loklo, a replica Coast Miwok traditional village. People will be on hand to demonstrate native beadmaking, basketry and stone tool production.

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