A decade old, Black Oak celebrates its heritage 

Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a unique California Indian Market and fireworks event.

Dozens of American Indian artists, speakers, demonstrations and fireworks will be featured at this year’s event, which will be held May 14-15 at the casino’s Heritage Park. The event is sponsored by the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and Black Oak Casino.

The Indian Market, which is an annual event attracting hundreds of people, will be held from 10 a.m. until dusk both days, with fireworks after dusk on May 15.

The market has grown considerably since its start in 2003 and now has more than double the number of exhibitors.

Because this year is Black Oak Casino’s 10th anniversary, the event will feature a number of speakers at noon both days, a tribal blessing and songs and more than 40 exhibitors from several tribes throughout California. Some of the tribes will sell native traditional and contemporary artwork.

Speakers include Vincent Randall, past chairman of the Yavapai Apache; Ernie Stevens, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association; and Kevin Day, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk tribal chairman. Casino General Manager Ron Patel will also speak as well as former Tuolumne County Supervisor Laurie Sylwester.

American Indian artists will show off the art of basketry, acorn processing and soapstone carving as well as traditional American Indian games. Delicious Indian tacos will be among the savory dishes served, while books on American Indian culture will be available for purchase.

This year’s exhibitors include two artists who were National Endowment for the Arts award recipients. Basketmaker Julia Parker’s work has been featured at the National Museum of the American Indian, the Heard Museum and the National Museum of Natural History, while craftsman George Blake makes a variety of American Indian artwork, including elk antler purses, headdresses, sinew-back bows and canoes.

Admission to the event is free.

Black Oak Casino

Located: 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne

On the Web: www.blackoakcasino.com

(877) 747-8777

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