11th Annual California Indian Big Time & Social Gathering

Humboldt State University will host the 11th annual California Indian Big Time & Social Gathering on Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in HSU’s West Gym. The event is free and open to the public.

This celebration of American Indian culture includes sharing songs and dance from throughout California, and cultural demonstrations including carving, weaving, and traditional hand games.

Founded on the principles of enhancing and sustaining Native languages, cultures, and traditions, HSU’s Big Time has provided Native communities with a space to honor the ways of life and the values of their ancestors.

This year’s dance performances include Red Cedar Drum group and the Kibby Family, Su Nu Nu Shinal—Kashia Pomo, Tolowa Nation, Maidu Traditionalists, Native Women’s Collective—Flower Dance, Mankillers Women’s Drum Group, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, and Northern California Brush Dance. Artists and vendors will also be on hand as well as food booths.

The 2018 HSU Big Time is anticipated to gather around 1,200 people, in addition to 70 businesses, services, and non-profits for sharing and learning about ceremonial dances, regalia, songs, history, and traditions.

The University’s Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff; Indian Natural Resources, Science & Engineering Program; Indian Tribal Education Personnel Program; the Native American Center for Academic Excellence; and the MultiCultural Center are hosting the event.

For more information, please contact Paula Tripp-Allen at (707) 826.5196 or PDT1@humboldt.edu, or visit itepp.humboldt.edu.