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Redwood National and State Parks Present a Tolowa Dance Demonstration, Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Date: July 17, 2012
Contact: Jim Wheeler, 707-645-7764

On Saturday, July 21st, members of the Tolowa Nation will present a Tolowa Dance Demonstration at 1:00 pm at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park day use area, located off US 199, just west of the community of Hiouchi, California. The demonstration is open to the public, free of charge, and will last about an hour.

The dance demonstration is co-hosted by Redwood National and State Parks and members of the Tolowa Nation. Dance is an important part of the Tolowa culture, meant to reestablish positive relationships between humans and the earth. The dance, called Nee-dash in Tolowa, is a renewal ceremony that is traditionally performed inside a redwood plank house. For the demonstration, the program will be held in a redwood grove overlooking the Smith River. Many northwestern California tribes continue to pass on their language, arts, and traditions, particularly in the form of song and dance. 

Come share in this celebration of local cultural diversity. Bring blankets or folding chairs, as seating may be limited. 

For more information about this event please contact National Park Ranger Jim Wheeler at 707-465-7764.

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Did You Know?

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A redwood cone is the size of an olive. Each cone contains 60 to 120 seeds. One tree may produce 10 million seeds but only a few will reach maturity. If a seed settles in just the right place it may grow into a tree that will live more than 2,000 years.