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Shoshone singing, drumming, hand games at trail center
by Tribune Staff
Mar 13, 2012 | 719 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

ELKO — From 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Native American singers and drummers will perform at the California Trail Interpretive Center. Songs, passed down through generations of the Shoshone or Newe people will be sung.

Featured performers are Bryan Hudson, Lois Whitney, Jeremiah Jones and more. These Native American Artists will pass down their musical traditions to the Shoshone youth of Elko and Battle Mountain as well as for the enjoyment of the general public.

Performances and hand game demonstrations also are scheduled. Visitors will have the opportunity to join in the games. Light refreshments will be available at this free event.

Shoshone singing, drumming and hand games will be the last of three Newe Night events scheduled at the California Trail Interpretive Center. Contact Shania Cook at the trail center for more information.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is eight miles west of Elko at Hunter exit 292. The center is closed for exhibit installation but will be open for special events, school groups and prearranged tours and meetings. The center’s grand opening will be June 2 as part of the ninth annual California Trail Days. The grand opening will mark the beginning of year-round operations with the center being open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Following the grand opening ceremonies, Trail Days will commence with a living history encampment, wagon rides, gold panning, black-powder gun demonstrations, a trader’s camp, Shoshone crafts and much more. This year’s theme is “Commerce Along the Trail’”and there will also be formal presentations about commerce and music along the trail.

 The center will feature brand new permanent exhibits featuring life-size dioramas, original artwork, interactive displays and media presentations. The new exhibits will showcase the Great Basin wetlands, California Gold Rush and the story of the Donner Party shown in the new scrim theater.  Outside the center visitors will find accessible trails, a traditional Shoshone camp and an interpretive plaza.

 For more information, visit or or call 738-1849 for more information.

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