Native Youth Cultural Exchange

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Event Date:

08/09/2014 - 08/11/2014

Event Time:

All Day

Tuolumne Meadows is historically a Native American summer trading ground. The Native Youth Cultural Exchange will invite native youth groups from both sides of the Sierras, convening for three days/two nights days and participate in:

  • a cultural exchange (trading cultural items from their respective tribe, sharing stories, hand games, etc.),
  • youth development activities, and
  • in interpretive hikes of the area.

Those youth groups who contract for it can also participate in a guided backpack trip through the backcountry (including summits such as Clouds Rest and/or Half Dome). These groups will then re-connect for a celebration following the trip.

This program will:

  • honor the history and significance of the Native Americans in the park;
  • inspire the Native youth through life-changing experiences in the Yosemite backcountry; and
  • protect ┬áthe park by teaching “Leave No Trace” principals