9th Reunion for Karuk Tribe in Happy Camp
The rain mostly held off for the Reunion although it was threatening or giving sprinkles at times. The day began with those wanting to register for volleyball and horseshoe games getting there early.
After Alvis Johnson opened in prayer, there was a song by the Vice Chairman of the tribe Leaf Hillman. Chairman Arch Super welcomed all to the 9th annual Karuk Reunion. In the past it has been held in the fall but this year it was moved to June to accommodate those who want to travel to Happy Camp for vacation when the kids are out of school. There were well over three hundred there with some coming from a distance.
Elders who are eighty-five years of age and older were all honored. Then Lucille Albers, Charron Davey Davis, Margaret Vera Houston, Lafayette Robert Jerry Sr. Violet Ruth Super, Nancy Lee Super, Charles Robert Thom and Anthony Joe Jerry Sr. were all recognized as Karuk full bloods. There were sixteen at one of the first Karuk reunions but they are passing away. The Karuk Tribe is honoring and desiring of preserving their wisdom and knowledge.
Volley Ball games and the Texas Hold’um Poker tournaments began. Never did find out about Texas Hold’um. There was also a “Make and Take Activity” room for children at the TERO office. There was a “Language Jeopardy Game.” Sue was also telling stories in Karuk to the youngsters. Craig Tucker was scheduled to do a presentation on the Department of Natural Resources. Julian Lang presented songs from the Center of the World.
Dinner was traditional fish and acorn soup with pork barbecue ribs; bake potatoes, beans salad and dessert. At the River park the evening dance was with the live band, “Taxi.”
Florrine Super and Carrie Davis were Co-coordinator of the event and gave a special thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this years reunion. Sara Spence did a great job as Vendor Booth co-coordinator. The booth that was the most fun was cutouts for men, women, boys and girls where they could place face and hands through holes and look traditional, holding basket weaving supplies or drum or tomahawk. Myrna painted the plywood pictures with Michael Thom’s assistance. Sara Spence, Ellen Johnson and others helped in printing out the photos.
Other booths had food. The High School Indian Club served hamburgers and hotdogs. Indian Taco’s were available also. There was a unique old blue bus whose occupant was selling beautifully tie dyed shirts and things.
Many of the booths were very informative. Each of the departments of Karuk tribal government had booths. The health exhibits were especially informative and helpful. Everyone there seemed to be having a good time. It was a good opportunity for those from a distance to visit the People’s Center Museum and gift shop also.