Second Sundays in 2021 will be virtual and can be viewed on the event dates on the Friends Facebook and after on our Youtube Channel.
11 AM: Join the Friends and Staff of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Sunday, August 8th, at 11 AM virtually for a robust day of programming. Traditional Technologies Day customarily features a variety of activities all over the landscape, however, this year we are offering multiple skills to view including indigenous archery and bowmaking, native games, and ancestral fire starting.
“Today, with my wife, Christine, we will share with you the culture from long ago and of today. I have learned from family, elders, other tribal mentors and from nature throughout my life. I am compelled to share my culture with you and provide information; showing we still exist and help you understand us a little bit more. History books do not teach about our perspective. Since time immemorial, this land was home to many people with a rich culture and ways of life filled with abundant natural and healthy resources. These Indigenous people still are here. By sharing my culture, I hope that you can find things we have in common.”
10 AM: Start the day with us at 10 AM for family activity demos with the Brunos, and Trail Tips with the Fish & Wildlife Service! Family activity bags will be available to pick up ahead of time, starting Saturday, August 1st and throughout the week, at Seasons Coffee in the Old Liberty Theater, while supplies last!
Seasons Coffee Shop at the Old Liberty Theater is located in Historic Downtown Ridgefield. Stop by to get your activity bags, and pick up a coffee, or pastries and gifts! Gifts for sale inside the coffee shop are all local artists and authors, shop and support within our area!
Family activity kits for August will include what you need for some Cornhusk games! Make your own cornhusk game piece: Across Indian country, cornhusks were used for all types of children’s toys and community games. By using this paper bag to mimic a cornhusk, you too can create your own gaming piece. Help us continue to celebrate Pacific Northwest First Foods and receive everything you need for this month’s craft inside of a SkakhwƏl/SamƏn color-it-yourself canvas bag.