The Washoe Tribe’s annual celebration of its history and homeland is this weekend at Lake Tahoe’s Valhalla.
The annual Wa-She-Shu It’Deh Native American Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
The event celebrates the Washoe tribe’s history and homeland, of which Lake Tahoe is a central part.
“The center of the Wašiw world is Da.aw (Lake Tahoe) both geographically and spiritually,” according to the tribe. “Like most native peoples our lifestyles revolved around the environment; the people were part of the environment, and everything was provided by the environment.”
This weekend’s festival includes Washoe dancers and drummers, as well as basket-weaving displays, a basket-weaving competition, art and food, according to a press release from Valhalla.
“The basket weaving competition features over fourteen different categories,” according to the release. “The Washoe are highly regarded for their master craftsmanship of baskets and have had several well-known weavers throughout their history, including Dat So La Lee.”
Valhalla is located two miles past the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 89, just west of Camp Richardson.
Call 800-769-2746 or visit www.washoetribe.us for more information.