Chaw'se Day 2019

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians invites the community to attend the 6th annual Chaw’se Day Celebration, a weekend long event welcoming Spring with Native American games, cuisine, dancing and crafts on May 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Adam Dalton, Tribal Chairman of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians tells KVGC, “This is a great opportunity for Californians near and far to learn about Native American history and simultaneously enjoy a variety of unique food, music, and activities.”  According to Dalton, the native name for the site is "Chaw’se,” the Miwok word for "grinding rock.”  The areas ample supply of acorns and other seeds were ground in the grinding rock to produce meal.  Over the years, the tribe has led and completed the restoration efforts at the Park, including the reconstruction of the traditional, ceremonial roundhouse.   The Miwok Village is a registered California Historical Landmark and is one of the only known occurrence of mortars intentionally decorated with petroglyphs.  Created in 1968, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located off Pine Grove-Volcano Road.                                                                     

     Written by KVGC Staff


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