This week I was going through photographs taken by my late mother, Peggy Williams, and discovered three photographs of Kule Loklo that she took in 1978 of the original roundhouse under construction, a tule kotcha, and the sweat house. The roundhouse shown in this picture was replaced in 1992 by the current roundhouse.
You can enlarge each photo by clicking it. Enlarging the sweathouse photo, you can see behind the sweathouse the roundhouse roof on the left and tule kotchas on the right.
Kule Loklo was created by MAPOM and the Park Service in Point Reyes National Seashore in the 1970s. The annual Big Time festival in July of each year features Pomo and Miwok dancing as well as vendors and traditional skills demonstrators. You can see photographs of Kule Loklo at kuleloklo.com.
These excellent photographs show some of the late 1970s development of the village of Kule Loklo, located a short walk from the Bear Valley Visitor Center in Point Reyes National Park. The village shows what a Coast Miwok Tribe village looked like in the Marin County part of California before Europeans arrived.
The original buildings were constructed using methods and materials as close as possible to what Tribal People had access to in the past. .
The Kule Loklo Volunteer Group has endeavored from the late 1970s to the present to maintain and repair structures using materials and methods available in the past. Over time, some materials have been harder and harder to obtain, so the Volunteers use materials as much like originals as possible.
When you visit Kule Loklo, walk around, go inside most of the structures, read information notices, and take a guided tour with a Park Ranger. Set aside a little time to stand quietly watching and listening to the sights and sounds Tribal People would have seen and heard for hundreds to thousands of years.
Kule Loklo is a unique place that we appreciate very, very much.
Thank you, for posting the pictures. Great Photos.