On September 7th and 8th, we went up to Henry Cowell Redwoods Park in Felton, CA for the annual Ohlone Days. This year marks the 27th Annual Ohlone Days at the Park and the 17th year that we have gone.
Ohlone Days is when all the Ohlone groups come together and celebrate being Ohlone. There are cultural presentations and exhibits, such as how to start a fire with traditional implements, cooking acorns, making clapper sticks, and the like. A lot of the local schools and colleges from the area come, so the educational aspect makes up a big part of Ohlone Days.
We went – the Humaya Dancers – to dance; it wasn’t just us dancing but us explaining the dances. We invited everyone to dance with us and learn a few moves, as seen below.
It was a fun and educational event – once again showing people that the Ohlone are here and we are strong.
P.S. There is a video of us dancing that someone at the park shot. Its called Traditional Ohlone Dancing on Youtube. Follow this link to watch: https://www.youtube.com/user/MountainParksFND