EUREKA – Students at Eureka High School help celebrate California Native American Day with cultural demonstrations during their lunch break today.
The celebration included a demonstration of the brush dance, which is a healing ceremony for children and is still used in today’s Native American cultures. There was also native tea and jams available for sampling. Here at Eureka High School students can take Yurok as a language which meets the requirements for entry into California State University and other universities in the state. Other high schools in the area are also starting Native American studies classes which teach students about native tribes in their area.
California Native American day was created by Governor Ronald Reagan in 1968 and is celebrated on the fourth Friday of September.