Annual North Fork Pow Wow

The 45th annual Sierra Mono Museum’s Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow in North Fork will be held, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.

This event shares the rich history and culture of all Native American groups but especially the Neum (Mono) people.

Many area native artisans will demonstrate basket weaving, beadwork, and games.

Held at the North Fork Recreation Center, gates open both days at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., with the Grand Entry at noon each day.

The 2014 Pow Wow had to be rescheduled because of a forest fire.

“Last year was difficult because of the fire and wasn’t safe for the dancers to perform in the bad air quality,” Kaitlin Kincade, director of the Sierra Mono Museum, said. “But this year we’re expecting clear weather for a great Pow Wow.”

The Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow is the largest fundraising event for the non-profit Sierra Mono Museum, which has one of the largest basket collections.

It is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of the Neum people exclusively.

To keep the museum open, the board of directors rely on the generous donations and support of both the community and visitors.

Lifeguards will be on duty from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for swimming in the creek (permitting there’s enough water).

The cost is $2 presale, $5 at the gate, and for children under 12, free.

The Rec Center is located at 33507 Road 230.

Details: (559) 877-2115, or visit the museum’s website.

- Staff report