California Tribes hold dance for Klamath in the midst of the woodstock of capitalism

 
Omaha, NE - Members of California's three largest Indian Tribes and allies from commercial fishing and conservation groups continue to hold outreach events in Omaha, Nebraska in an appeal to shareholders of the company that is destroying their livelihoods and culture. Instead of familiar dance grounds, traditional healer and medicine woman Kathy McCovey prepares the materials for the demonstration on the banks of an unfamiliar river near a bustling downtown business district. "This is very unusual for us. We don't typically perform ceremonies outside of our ancestral territory, but we felt we had to come and share some of our culture with the people here."

The dance involves about 15 singers and dancers, elaborate bead necklaces, hand woven caps, and elaborate buckskin skirts decorated with shells and other natural materials from the Klamath region. Four Karuk fatevaneen, or world renewal priests, came to support the event. The fatavaneen are in the seventh day of a nine day fast. "We make medicine for Pikiawish, which is our fix the world ceremony. We're fasting to purify ourselves so our prayers will be strong and so the creator will hear us loudly when we ask that the dams be removed so our salmon can come home," said a very lean Chook Chook Hillman.

Pikiawish is held each fall to 'fix the world' for all people. The Three tribes represented here, Yurok, Karuk, and Hoopa, each hold their own ceremonies to 'renew the world' annually.

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