The public is invited to honor Tolowa elders and share in their culture at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, during the Honoring and Sharing Dance demonstration at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park day use area.

The event is co-hosted by the Tolowa Nation, Redwood National and State Parks, and Redwood Parks Conservancy. The demonstration ceremony, which is free of charge, is intended to honor the elders and share Tolowa culture with visitors and local communities.

The Jedediah Smith Day Use Area is located off of US Highway 199, via the entrance to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park Campground, just west of the town of Hiouchi. Parking is extremely limited near the day use area, is mostly reserved for dancers, and requires payment of an $8 day use fee.

Attendees are encouraged to park free-of-charge in the special event parking area located directly across Highway 199 from the Hiouchi Visitor Center. There is a third of a mile walk from event parking to the Day Use Area. Free shuttle service will be available for those unable to walk from noon to 4 p.m.

A question and answer period will follow the dance demonstration, which lasts about a half hour, so early arrival is recommended. Seating is limited: bring folding chairs or blankets.

Photographing the demonstration or the dancers is not permitted during the performance. Dancers may voluntarily pose for pictures afterward.

Dance is an important part of Tolowa culture, meant to renew, balance, and reestablish positive relationships between humans and the earth. The Tolowa Nation will demonstrate the Ne’-dosh, or world renewal dance, of the Tolowa people.

This ceremony is held annually as it has been since time immemorial, and is one way that traditions are passed on to younger generations. Many northwestern California tribes continue to pass on their language, arts and traditions, particularly in the form of song and dance. Come share in this celebration of local cultural diversity!

For more information, contact Brad Maggetti at (707) 465-7399, or the RNSP Public Information Office at (707) 464-6101. For more information or a calendar of recreational and educational opportunities and events at Redwood National and State Parks, stop in at any of the park visitor centers or learn more on the park website at: www.nps.gov/redw

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