Mobile (530) 306-3069
Cultural Resources Outreach
Office (530) 488-4049
Mobile (530) 363-5123
To assume responsibility and stewardship for all cultural remains and artifacts of the Miwok and Southern Maidu “Nisenan” Indians that inhabited the central part of California; to preserve, document, record and educate Tribal Members and non-tribal members on traditional and cultural Tribal and oral history; Teaching and increasing the understanding and knowledge of the culture and traditions and the way of Tribal life; Handing down our traditional teachings of respect to repatriation of our ancestors; Support the continuity of the Tribe’s culture for future generations.
On an ongoing basis, the Cultural Resources Department consults with federal, state and local agencies to monitor ongoing projects within the Tribe’s aboriginal territory.
Our team ensures that there is minimal disturbance to any culturally known sites. Under federal law, the Cultural Resources Department’s responsibility is to re-intern human remains and burial-associated artifacts from curation facilities, construction projects, and other findings.
The Gatherers of the Language Program was implemented to revitalize the Miwok and southern Maidu “Nisenan,” languages.
The initial focus was on the Miwok language and we have developed 52 lesson plans, a teacher’s manual, songbook and game book. We are now moving into the southern Maidu “Nisenan” language and will provide the same curriculum created in Miwok.
Cultural Resources is constantly working on creative ways to introduce language to Tribal Members. Examples include computer animations for young youth, video games for adolescents, and cartoons for adults.
Other Cultural Practices
- Regalia Making
- Musical Instrument Making
- Traditional use of plants