Annual Big Time Festival


Sky Road Webb and Alicia Retes perform at the 2015 Kule Loklo Big Time.

Kule Loklo’s annual Big Time festival will be this coming Saturday, July 16, 2016.  As usual, it will feature several Pomo dance groups, skills demonstrators, and vendors.  It will run from 10am to 4pm.  There are no food facilities on site, so bring a lunch.

If you’re interested in learning more about Calfiornia Indian’s, you should consider attention a lecture being held that day, 9:30am to 12:30pm at the nearby Red Barn in Point Reyes National Seashore. The speakers are:

  • Sky Road Webb (Tomales Bay Miwok): Welcome
  • Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) will focus on his work at Mission Dolores in San Francisco. He will focus on a more accurate story of missionization and highlight the Indian resistance and perseverance into the present day. He will discuss his opposition to the canonization of Junipero Serra, and his role during the 2015 Papal Mass.
  • Tsim Schneider (UC Santa Cruz and Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria) and Lee Panich (Santa Clara University) will discuss the interactions between colonial programs and the native people of Marin and Sonoma counties. They will also present recent discoveries from their continuing archaeological research at Tomales Bay examining a community of Coast Miwok and others formed after the missions.
  • Peter Nelson (Coast Miwok) will discuss the cultural and natural resources in Tolay Lake Regional Park and how the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department work together to develop and manage these park lands. He will describe new technologies and non-invasive methods of research to learn about and protect cultural resources.
  • Olivia Chilcote (Luiseno) will review the politics of Federal recognition in California and what it takes for a tribe to be recognized. She will talk about the history of the process in California and the implications to non recognized tribes that are not granted the same rights as their federally recognized counterparts.

The registration fee is $49.  You can registerat the door or online.  This is part of MAPOM’s College of Marin series of classes that can lead to a certificate in California Indian Studies.