Yurok Culture

When you visit the Cher-ere Bridge Campground, you are on the Reservation of the Resighini Rancheria; a federally recognized Tribe whose members are Yurok Indians. Tribal members still use traditional resource materials and foods, such as hazel sticks, willow roots, alder bark, ferns, shells, pine nuts, acorns, salmon, steelhead, eels, huckleberries, blackberries, herbs and deer meat for cultural practices and sustenance.

They also participate in traditional ceremonies, like making regalia, necklaces, and costumes for the annual Brush Dance and bi-annual Jump Dance and White Deer Skin Dance. These events take place at century old sacred areas up and down the Klamath and Trinity rivers (read more).

Would you like to see a re-created traditional Yurok seasonal village? Visit the Sumêg Village at Patrick Point State Park, about 45 minutes to the south.

yurok_basketThe Trees of Mystery Museum has a good collection of local Indian baskets, artifacts and regalia. The collection also includes items from Native cultures elsewhere in the U.S.

If you are here in August, don’t miss the Yurok Tribe’s Klamath Salmon Festival. “Attendees of the all-day, free event will have an opportunity to learn more about Yurok culture, dance to live music, shop for authentic handmade gifts from nearly 100 vendors and enjoy a delicious, traditionally cooked salmon feast.”