California Festivals

Tuolumne Acorn Festival

September 9-10, 2017

Hours: 11:00 am ceremony
Cost: Free
Location: Tuolumne Rancheria
Tuolumne, CA |

It is open from 10 a.m. to dusk on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The 51st Annual Acorn Festival Will Be Held At The Tuolumne Rancheria and is sponsored by the Tuolumne Band of Me-wuk Indians.

Traditional dancing, hand games, crafts, Indian deep-pit barbecue, vendors.

. Indian Tacos
Deep Pit BBQ
Native American Arts & Crafts
Hand Games Tournament
Westside Property
Native American Pow Wow
Traditional and Fancy Dancers
Shuttle Transportation Between Sites

Take Hwy 108 to Mono Way off ramp. Right on Mono Way to right on Tuolumne Road to left on North Tuolumne Road to Black Oak Casino to catch shuttle to Rancheria.

TUOLUMNE, CA Join the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians in a celebration of community, and tradition of the seasonal acorn harvest at the Tuolumne Rancheria. The Rancheria is just 7 miles east of Sonora, California.

The Acorn Festival offers a variety of exhibits and food choices for guests, including Native arts and crafts displays by regional artisans, a deep pit bar-b-q dinner, Indian tacos, and traditional dancing. An inter-tribal Pow Wow will also be held on the Rancheria for Native Americans who have gathered to celebrate ceremonial dance styles from across Indian Country. Northern and Southern drums will also be represented with their unique singing and drumming styles.

One of the highlights of the festival is the popular "Hand Games Tournament". This traditional game-of-chance is played while singing spirited gambling songs as teams compete in guessing the "bones". Games can last for a few minutes or for days. Prizes for this year's tournament include a $3,000 purse for 1st place.

The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians' mission is to "Build a Sense of Community Through Sharing". This includes sharing of knowledge and tradition that historically dates back to 1910 when the Tuolumne Rancheria was established. It was originally founded as a reservation for homeless natives in the area.

Through programs with Elders and speakers of the language, Me-Wuk traditions and native languages are being taught to the young ones today. The Rancheria has since developed to include many community-enriching facilities such as the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indians Health Center, Westside Property, and Black Oak Casino.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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