This weekend the public is invited to stand with the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe as they recreate a ceremony that was swept away by the Gold Rush. Before being decimated and displaced by the Gold Rush, the Maidu conducted an annual ceremony to celebrate and give thanks for the return of the salmon to their ancestral waters each fall.
Now, after an absence of 158 years, the Tribe's “first salmon” ceremony will once again be seen on the banks of the South Fork of the
You are invited to join the Tribe this Saturday, October 7, for this historic event. The day will begin with a sunrise ceremony at approximately 7:00 AM on the south bank of the
You can support the Maidu by being present at both the sunrise ceremony at the river and the salmon ceremony at the park. You can also run in the salmon relay, either as a carrier of the salmon or in support of the carriers. If you have a boat, you can accompany the canoe across Englebright Reservoir.
Those carrying the salmon will do so under special conditions set by the tribe. The total run distance is approximately 7.5 miles. If you are interested in being a runner, please contact the South Yuba River Citizen's League (SYRCL) at 530.265.5961 for signup information.
Following the ceremony at
Salmon will be grilled and provided to attendees while supplies last. You are encouraged to bring your own food and beverage as well. However, please be respectful of the fact that this is a DRUG AND ALCOHOL-FREE EVENT.
At the park you will have an opportunity to learn about the Indigenous People's Day events taking place that weekend and about the Maidu memorial sculpture and park being planned for our area.
This event is hosted by the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe, and sponsored by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), The Sierra Fund,
For more information about the event, you may contact SYRCL by phone or email (