Yomen: A Spring Celebration at the Maidu MuseumBy: Anne Stokes / Press Tribune Correspondent
The Maidu Museum hosted its annual Yomen Festival on Sunday, celebrating the Spring season. Groups from many regional tribes were in Roseville to share their traditions through dance, song, and other cultural demonstrations honoring the changing of the seasons.
"This is called Yomen and it's the Leafing Out Flower Season," said cultural advisor and Nisenan Elder Rick Adams. "It represents thousands of years of Natives gathering to honor these certain festivals that correspond directly to the Earth."
In addition to cultural demonstrations, attendees were able to participate in hands-on activities such as acorn grinding, soapstone carving, making their own wooden flute, perusing a Native arts and crafts fair, and walking on guided trail tours. According to Adams, the goal of the event is to give people a better appreciation of Native American cultures and a better understanding of how to be more ecologically conscience.
"We don't do Earth Day, we do Earth Way," said Adams. "It's geared towards finding your momentum and balancing it out with the Earth, rather than always trying to change nature. We become a part of nature, which is almost a standard Native American philosophy."
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