March 16, 2016

Humboldt State University will host its ninth annual California Big Time & Social Gathering on Saturday, April 2, 11am to 7pm in the West Gym. This public celebration of American Indian culture includes sharing of songs and dance from throughout California, an Indian Card Game Tournament, and cultural demonstrations.

Founded on the principles of enhancing and sustaining Native languages, cultures, and traditions, HSU’s Big Time has provided our Native communities with a space to honor the ways of life and the values of our ancestors. This year’s dance groups include Tolowa Nation Dancers, Maidu Traditionalists, Red Cedar Drum, Santa Ynez Chumash, Northern California Traditional Singers, and the Tuolumne MeWuk.

Artists and vendors will also be on hand as well as food booths.

The 2016 HSU Big Time is anticipated to gather around 1,200 people plus 70 businesses, services, and non-profits for sharing and learning about ceremonial dances, regalia, songs, history, and traditions.

The university’s Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff (CAIFS), Indian Natural Resources, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP), Indian Tribal and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP), and the MultiCultural Center (MCC) proudly host this event.

The 9th annual California Big Time and Social Gathering is a free public event open to the community on Saturday, April 2nd from 11am to 7pm in the West Gym. Details, disability access, and shuttle maps are available from Mona Mazzotti at (707) 826.3369 or mona.mazzotti@humboldt.edu. For more information, please contact Paula Tripp-Allen at (707) 826.5196 or PDT1@humboldt.edu