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Alaska Native Day at Fort Ross

Saturday, May 16, 2015 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Cost:
$10 adults; free for children; California State Parks entrance fees also apply
Location:
Fort Ross State Historic Park
19005 Coast Highway One
Jenner, California 95450
For More Information:
Contact: Fort Ross Conservancy
Mapping event location....
The Alaska Native community will teach their arts and crafts on the land they once shared with the Native Kashia and Russian communities! Watch performances by Anchorage Unangax Dancers, demonstrations in beading, Chagudax carving, join in a hands-on demonstration build of a Nigilax (baidara, or large open kayak). Activities for the kids include face "tattooing," language games, petroglyph rock painting, Chagudax (hunter's hats), and spear throwing. Delicious BBQ will be available for sale from BBQ Smokehouse & Catering. Dr. Gordon L. Pullar, associate professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Kodiak Island Sugpiaq (Alutiiq), will be speaking on The Russian-Alaskan Creole, Then and Now. There will be a Traditional Russian Orthodox blessing of the boats, followed by Iqyan (kayak) race in Sandy Cove (2015 race map coming soon; see 2014 race map for rules -- no plastic kayaks allowed). There will also be a short memorial for Alaska Native ancestors buried in the Fort Ross cemetery.