The Waa-tr’vslh-’a~ (Culture) Department/Dee-ni’ Wee‐ya’ (Dee-ni’ Language) Committee invites youth to participate in our upcoming 7th Annual Dee‐ni’ Mvsr-xee‐ye'(youth) Wee-ya'(language) Lhetlh-xat (gathering) on July 24th - 26th, at Rowdy Creek Park, Rowdy Creek Rd., Smith River, Ca. for ages 7‐13 years old; children under the age of 7 years are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Our community dinner will be on Friday, July 26th 4:00 ‐ 6:00 PM, the entire community is invited to attend. A special presentation from our youth and acknowledgement of their participation will be provided. Please click here to download the registration form
The goal of our Dee‐ni’ Mvsr‐xee‐ye’ Wee‐ya’ Lhetlh‐xat is to revitalize, preserve and strengthen our Dee‐ni’ culture and language. We are in an aggressive time of rescuing our unique and crucial connection to ourselves through our language. Acquisition of our indigenous communication is a vital link in reclaiming and promoting our spirituality, rites and communal wellness. We will be approaching and integrating our language in a number of activities such as: stick games, singing, dancing, storytelling, the girls’ shell game, a boys’ card game, traditional herbs and medicines, necklace making project, sand bread and lhuk (salmon) cooking, hiking and several other enriching, fun‐filled activities.
It is our mission to incorporate our language and ways of life in all areas of activities. For without the continuation of our indigenous ways of life we would be severing major components to ourselves.
Please click here to download the registration form and return it to the K’vsh‐chu Administration Tribal Office no later than Tuesday, Jul 1, 2013 @ 5:00 PM. Space is limited, turn in your registration soon. This year will be an overnight camp. Campers will arrive Wednesday, July 24th @ 8:00 AM and remain until Friday, July 26th for the community dinner 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Limited transportation is available to pick up campers on Wednesday July 24th and must be pre-arranged.
We will again be enjoying our culture and the company of our young tribal citizens in an interactive setting with our elders and community. Volunteers are welcomed and appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering please complete and turn in an application no later than July 1, 2013 @ 5:00 PM. All volunteers, staff and contractors are required to attend a group meeting on Monday, July 22nd @ 9:00 AM. A special thank you to all the parents and community members who participated last year, your assistance was invaluable. For those that need it, limited transportation may be provided and must be pre-‐arranged.
Culture Department Team Leader
On behalf of the Dee-ni Wee‐ya’ Committee