Nisenan Heritage Day: “Return of the Salmon Doctor” on Nov. 12

(Photo: Akim Aginsky)
(Photo: Akim Aginsky)

The Nevada City Rancheria and its Foothill Nisenan Tribal members in partnership with Sierra College-Nevada County Campus, CHIRP (California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project), the Nevada County Library, the Nevada County Historical Society and Sierra Streams Institute, invite the public to attend their seventh annual Nisenan Heritage Day. Enjoy the festivities on Saturday, November 12, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Nevada County Campus of Sierra College, located at 250 Sierra College Drive, in Grass Valley, California.

Nisenan Heritage Day presents a unique opportunity to experience a taste of living history, and a day of community building with cultural education as the Nisenan, CHIRP, and Sierra College celebrate this year’s theme: ” Return of the Nisenan Salmon Doctor.” Nisenan Salmon Doctoring has been silent on the land since the coming of the Gold Rush but is being gently re-awakened by the Tribe. The event will take place in the Gymnasium, Building N13, and will feature California Native American artisans, speakers, Traditional Dancers, and more.

“We have a wonderful lineup of educational speakers and guests again this year,” says Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council Secretary and spokesperson, “a smattering of some of the best within the Native community. Presenters will include Judith Lowry, Dr. Sheri Tatsch, Sage LaPena, Peggy Berryhill, Heyday Books, Dr. Leanne Hinton and Tribal Council Chairman Richard Johnson discussing the lifeways of the Nisenan, the recognition and termination of the Nevada City Rancheria, the Nisenan cultural revitalization, and their vision for the future of the Nisenan people.

‘Top notch’ Native artisans and master basket weavers will showcase their original creations. The 2016 Nisenan Heritage Day T-Shirt with a fresh new logo designed by Judith Lowry and David McKay, will also be available. Nisenan Heritage Day is an “all age friendly” event – admission and parking are free. Lunch will be available for purchase from the CHIRP Indian taco booth. Visit for more information and to make a donation to CHIRP.

—Nevada City Rancheria

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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