Just down the
road from Kamp Klamath you'll find access to both the river and the ocean.
It is here that the local Yurok tribe has one of its ceremonial grounds.
This is a
The "Brush Dance" is a ceremony held to heal a sick child or to
pray for a long, healthy life for the child. Entire families and villages
come together. Preparation for the dance begins on a Wednesday and
continues through late Saturday afternoon . The ceremony begins at sunset
Saturday and continues into Sunday morning. Both men women dance and
different Tribes take turns hosting dance rounds.
belief of the Yurok people is that you go to the dance with a good heart. This
means that you attend with only good thoughts and prayers. You leave all of your
anger, meanness, and other bad feelings behind. If you have enemies, you
also leave that behind.
family homes and sweathouses are made from fallen keehl (redwood trees) which
are then cut into redwood boards.
The ceremonial grounds are located within the Redwood National Park and the ceremonies are open to the public. Please respect tribal rules prohibiting photography, alcohol and all forms of narcotics .
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