Build a Traditional Roundhouse at Wahhoga Village – 2017

Build a Traditional Roundhouse at Wahhoga Village – 2017

Building a traditional roundhouse within the Wahhoga Village will restore authentic American Indian cultural continuity within Yosemite. Photo: Claire Meyler.

For thousands of years, American Indians made their homes in Yosemite Valley, drawing on abundant natural resources to shape villages in the shadows of the cliffs. Wahhoga Village, the last American-Indian settlement in the Valley, was removed in 1969.

This grant supported early phases of the construction of a traditional roundhouse just west of Camp 4, where the Wahhoga Village was once located. In 2017, work focused on planning and preparation for building the roundhouse. Each element of the construction, from the four towering medicine poles and support beams, to the cedar bark roof, will be completed using traditional materials and techniques. Once finished, American Indians will be able to use the roundhouse for cultural and spiritual ceremonies. The roundhouse will provide cultural continuity for members of the tribal communities that lived in the area long before John Muir set foot in the Valley.

Your gift helped support the construction of a traditional space for tribal communities within Yosemite National Park.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park, American Indian Council of Mariposa County, Jackson Rancheria and Wahhoga Committee.

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Project Notes
Building a traditional roundhouse within the Wahhoga Village will restore authentic American Indian cultural continuity within Yosemite.

The completion of the roundhouse will preserve the cultural continuity of the historic site at Wahhoga and allow for ongoing spiritual and traditional practices unique to Yosemite National Park.

Scott Carpenter
Cultural Resources Program Manager
Yosemite National Park