Hawk Cienfuegos considers crossing over a fallen log at Yellow Creek adjacent to the Yellow Creek Campground in beautiful northern Humbug Valley. Photos by Stacy Fisher

Friends of Humbug Valley celebrate with potluck

Celebrating the transfer of Humbug Valley (Tásmam Kojóm) this year — and soon other parcels of ancestral lands — back to the Mountain Maidu people, the Maidu Summit Consortium is hosting its 2019 Friends of Humbug Gathering and potluck at Yellow Creek Campground in beautiful northern Humbug Valley, Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The potluck lunch begins at 1 p.m.

Board Member Les Hall said the public is welcome to bring a favorite food to share and enjoy the festivities. All ages are invited.

This free annual event recognizes the many years of hard work by the Friends of Humbug and other stakeholders to convey Humbug Valley to the ancestors of its original inhabitants.

The Friends of Humbug Gathering potluck is also a chance for the Maidu Summit Consortium to thank all past, present and future members and surrounding communities for their continuing support.

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The affair includes traditional singing and dancing, Mountain Maidu culture and history, storytelling, vendors, a drawing table and kids drawing, local hikes and other activities.

Kids have fun splashing around in Yellow Creek that runs alongside the campground site.

The event is drug and alcohol free.

For those interested in staying later after the celebrations, there is limited overnight camping available on a first come, first-served basis.

Signage will be positioned on the day of the event along the route to help direct attendees to the location.

For more information, call Les Hall at 990-0920 or drop by the Chester main office at 289 Main St. (Stover Creek Center).

For more information on the Maidu Summit Consortium, and to join the Maidu Summit Community or to donate go to www.maidusummit.org .