Tell the Forest Service to close the river and protect our ceremony!
Boats shouldn’t be allowed to interfere with ceremony.
After investing two full days of constructing the arbor, bark huts, setting up the camp kitchen, and making other preparations to hold the Winnemem coming of age ceremony the Winnemem must invest almost equal time removing all traces of themselves … Continue reading
Last week the Winnemem held their coming of age ceremony for Winona and Jessica. The ceremony was held under a voluntary river closure similar to 2006. However, unlike in 2006, thanks to a host of volunteers, the County Sheriff, both … Continue reading
Protection Denied to Un-Recognized Tribes Thanks to everyone who has taken time to support the Winnemem in their quest to hold their Puberty Ceremony with the respect and dignity they deserve. Puberty Ceremony will go forward, but sadly the Tribe … Continue reading
In 2006 Waimem Franco, a Winnemem Wintu young woman, embarked upon her puberty ceremony, the ceremony that marks the transition from child to woman in the Winnemem culture. While undergoing this sacred experience she was subjected to racist slurs, vulgar … Continue reading