Placer Nature Center has been providing environmental education to students, families and community members for almost 30 years. One of our favorite outdoor displays has been our First Peoples Village, an interactive model native village that showcases some of the lifeways of local indigenous tribes, the Nisenan and Maidu people.
Last winter we had to have 10 ponderosa pines removed due to a bark beetle infestation. In the process we had to dismantle the Village and remove the two Hu (Nisenan cedar bark dwellings). We need to rebuild the First Peoples Village so that it can serve as an educational gateway into the cultural history of this land. Visitors benefit from experiencing the snapshot into pre-colonial life in the Sierra Foothills and learning about the lifeways of the people native to this place, and how their lives were forever changed with the Gold Rush. We desire that this place become a center for knowledge, skill and history sharing, that it be a hub for cultural exchange, and learning for all. We need your help to make this happen!
With the money, we plan to pay individuals from local tribes help us rebuild the Hu correctly and appropriately. We will invite Nisenan and Maidu (and others) to represent their tribes as they assist in renovations, ensuring that their perspectives are emphasized and their traditions are shared and respected.
To learn more about the Nisenan tribe and their mission to gain federal recognition, visit their website www.nisenan.org and California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project | Facebook
We have matching donors of $500! Help us meet the match and get closer to our goal!
Contact us to learn more about our Center and plans for renovation, and to get involved! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.