Tolowa Culture: Guided tour goes from heritage to contemporary history

By Triplicate Staff August 09, 2013 11:49 am

A cultural program and guided tour of Tolowa ancestral lands will be held Sunday, led by Loren Bommelyn of the Smith River Rancheria.

Tolowa heritage, more recent history and contemporary life will be discussed during the event from 1 to 4 p.m. in Tolowa Dunes State Park.

 

Participants will meet for orientation, caravan by car, and walk a half-mile to a site of Tolowa cultural significance.

Participation is limited and advance registration is required. A donation is also requested.

To pre-register, call 707-465-6191.

Bommelyn serves on the Smith River Rancheria Council and Cultural Committee. He is a linguist and fluent speaker 
of the Tolowa language. He is also a renowned storyteller, dance-keeper and basket weaver.

As an educator, he helped establish the Tah-Ah-Dun Indian Magnet Charter School in Crescent City, where he resides.

Tolowa Coast summer programs are sponsored by the Redwood Park Association and the Tolowa Dunes Stewards in collaboration with the California State Parks and the state Department of Fish & Wildlife.