North Fork, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2014
The mountain community of North Fork, located at the exact geographic center of California, once again celebrates its rich history August 23 and 24, 2014, at the 44th annual Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow. The event takes place from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday at the North Fork Recreation Center. North Fork is home to many members of the Mono tribe, who have lived in the Sierra Nevada area for centuries.
Indian Fair Days promotes and instills pride in Native and non-Native families and gives all generations an opportunity to display their traditional heritage. Contestants showcase their skills and intricate regalia during the two-day dance competition headed up by Master of Ceremonies Frankie Williams and Arena Director J R Manuel.
In addition to the North Fork Mono, members of other tribes from California and throughout the nation also participate.
Pow wow attendees enjoy traditional dancing, food and native craft vendors. A raffle is held during the pow wow, with a grand prize of a handcrafted Mono basket. Second prize is an Apple iPad, and third prize is a mini-Mono basket with a soaproot brush.
Indian Fair Days is a principal fundraiser for the Sierra Mono Indian Museum in North Fork, one of the few tribally –owned-and-operated museums in the country. The museum houses one of the largest California Indian basket collections as well as displays of native art and cultural artifacts and exhibits featuring the diverse wildlife in the area.
The North Fork Recreation Center is located at 33507 Road 230. Cost to attend is $2 per person in advance or $5 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. To learn more, call 559-877-2115 or email staffmonomuseum(at)gmail(dot)com.