Native California Fall Gathering
at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area




On October 27, 2001, Dino Labiste and Dick Baugh were invited by Interpretive Specialist, Jennifer Morgan, to participate in the First Annual Native California Fall Gathering at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area . We were to demonstrate the many uses of Tule and construct two tule boats (also called tule balsas) made out of the versatile and buoyant reeds.

On Friday, the day before the event, Dino and Dick, along with Kimberly and Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, demonstrated to 115 school children from Los Banos and Gustine the native skills of the California Indians that lived in the Valley centuries before the kids were born. Dino and Dick taught the children how to make little tule boats. Kimberly, who is on the Indian cultural staff at Yosemite National Park, demonstrated the preparation of acorns, from the grinding process through cooking.


On Saturday, the day of the event, two single-person tule boats were built. At 4 pm, the tule boats were put into the water as Dino and Dick paddled around the San Luis Forebay.


The Fall Gathering itinerary of events.



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