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At Point Reyes, an Annual Festival Highlights Native American Crafts and Skills


The festival venue is Kule Loklo, a replica Miwok village constructed in 1980. NPS photo.

The 29th annual Big Time Festival, a celebration of Native American crafts and skills, will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 at Kule Loklo in Point Reyes National Seashore. There is no admission charge for this family friendly event, which is sponsored by the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM) and the National Park Service. Just “pack a picnic and join the fun” (but leave the dogs and alcoholic beverages at home).

The festival venue, Kule Loklo, is a Coast Miwok cultural exhibit located a short walk (less than half a mile) from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Park at the north end of the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot and follow the signs to Kule Loklo.

Constructed in 1980, Kule Loklo is a replica Coast Miwok village with trailside exhibits describing the traditional ways of life of the first inhabitants of the Point Reyes Peninsula. The Miwok homeland once encompassed what is now Marin County and the southern part of Sonoma County.

Festival-goers will find lots to see and do at this year’s Big Time Festival. There will be crafts and skills demonstrations (basketry, clamshell bead making, flint knapping, craft sales, information booths, and other attractions, including traditional dancing by the Intertribal Pomo group and Dry Creek Pomo.
For more information, call the Bear Valley Visitor Center at 415-464-5100 x2 x5.

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