Native American cultural celebration returns to Tallac Historic Site
July 19, 2010
One of Lake Tahoe’s most notable cultural events will take place at the Valhalla Arts, Music and Theatre Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Valhalla Grand Hall.
The Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Festival is a cultural event for families featuring a basket weaving competition, native film festival, traditional dance, native artists, performers and more.
“The Wa She Shu It Deh tribe’s history dates back an estimated 9,000 years in the Lake Tahoe Basin,” said Lori Cramer, executive director of the nonprofit Tahoe Tallac Association. “We’re helping to celebrate their culturally rich history by recognizing both California and Nevada Washoe tribes of Nevada with an annual festival that’s free to all.”
Located on the shores of Lake Tahoe at the historic Tallac Site, the Valhalla Arts, Music and Theatre Festival is in its 31st anniversary of the summer-long festival season. The Tahoe Tallac historic 74-acre setting is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was a favorite getaway in the late 1800s for Northern California’s elite members of society. The Boathouse Theatre is a structure dating back to the turn-of-the century, distinguishing it as one of Tahoe’s earliest preserved buildings.
The Tallac Historic Site and Valhalla Estate Cultural Arts Store offers collector and specialty gifts that are hand crafted. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
The Valhalla parking lot is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with two-hour limit for visitors to experience the cultural art store, view the Valhalla Grand Hall and the Boathouse Theater and buy tickets for upcoming events. There’s limited parking for all scheduled events and carpooling is encouraged.
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For a complete summer festival schedule, visit valhallatahoe.com or call (530) 541-4975.