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Acorn Festival Returns

Tuolumne, CA– This weekend the Acorn Festival returns to Tuolumne.

It’s a two day celebration of Me-Wuk Indian culture through traditional food, native arts, and dance.

This year also marks the 100th year anniversary of their tribal Rancheria. The Tuolumne Rancheria was originally founded a century ago as a reservation for homeless natives in the area and spanned 290 acres.

Today the reservation is nearly 1,700 acres and has since been developed to include many community facilities such as the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Care Center, Dental Clinic, and Black Oak Casino.

The Acorn Festival is named after the Black Oak Acorns, one of the tribe’s main staples, and is a celebration of community and the tradition of the seasonal acorn harvest.

A free annual event, the Acorn Festival will feature arts and crafts displays by regional artisans, a deep pit barbeque and broiled salmon dinner, Indian tacos and traditional tribal dancing.

The festival will run from 10 am until dusk today and 10 am until 3pm on Sunday.

Written by tina.falco@mlode.com