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Art shown at festival

The public is invited to attend the 11th annual Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival July 27, 28 and 29 at the Tallac Historic Site.

Wa She Shu It Deh, translated as Washoe People’s Land, is sponsored by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California with support of the Nevada Commission on Tourism and the Nevada Arts Council.

The festival has grown from an event showcasing Washoe basket weavers to a celebration of Native American arts including the basketry of many western tribes, jewelry craftsmanship, native visual arts and native dancing exhibitions. The festival allows the native peoples to honor and applaud the the many who keep the knowledge of cultural traditions and legacies alive through their artistry, skill and perseverance.



Activities include:

July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. – Festival blessing ceremony and welcome by Chairman A. Brian Wallace at Pope Estate.



July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Arts and crafts sales and native exhibition dance group at the Valhalla Estate. Maidu Dancers and Traditionalists, 10 a.m., and 1 p.m.; Wind Spirit Dancers, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Miwok Dance Group, noon and 2 p.m. The basket competition registration and entry will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Valhalla Judging will follow and the results and winners will be announced later in the afternoon.

July 29 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Arts and crafts sales and native exhibition dance group at the Valhalla Estate. Maidu Dancers and Traditionalists, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Miwok Dance Groups, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Wind Spirit Dancers, noon and 3 p.m.

For more information call (775) 888-0936.


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