Peter Coyote headlines Indigenous Peoples Days fundraiser Oct. 9 |

Peter Coyote headlines Indigenous Peoples Days fundraiser Oct. 9

Actor, director, activist and writer Peter Coyote headlines an Oct. 9 fundraiser in Nevada City to kick off the 18th annual Indigenous Peoples Days, a four-day free event sponsored by the Tsi Akim Maidu tribe.
Submitted by Gary Yost |

Actor, director, activist and writer Peter Coyote returns to his old stomping grounds in Nevada City on Oct. 9 for a special show to kick off the four-day 18th annual Indigenous Peoples Days.

Coyote, who has combined acting and political action for decades, will appear at 7:30 p.m, in a public performance and fundraiser to support Indigenous Peoples Days, a free event sponsored by the Tsi Akim Maidu tribe.

The performance, which will include antics and excerpts from Coyote’s new book, “The Rainman’s Third Cure,” will be at 6:45 p.m. at the Yuba River Charter School Auditorium at 505 Main St.

The fundraiser will follow a public round dance in the streets of Nevada City on the corner of Union and Broad streets, part of the 6 p.m. opening ceremony for Indigenous Peoples Days.

After the ceremony and dance, people are invited to walk two blocks to the fundraiser.

In addition to Coyote, who will sign copies of his book after the show, other performers will be Neena McNair and the Family singers, a women’s drum collective dedicated to strengthening and healing the connection to all life through the Mother drum. Also onstage will be Chairman Don Ryberg of the Tsi Akim Maidu, spiritual elder Fred “Coyote” Downey and local singer/songwriter Anni McCann.

Coyote, who has worn many hats over the years and who is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, is coming at the invitation of Downey, his old friend. Coyote is also a friend of local resident, poet laureate and Buddhist Gary Snyder.

Food and drinks will be available. A raffle and silent auction will be held, with proceeds to support the tribe. Tickets for the fundraising event are $15 advance/$20 at the door, and can be purchased at The Book Seller in Grass Valley, Yabobo in Nevada City, both SPD markets (Nevada City and Grass Valley) and at Mother Truckers in North San Juan.

For more information, call 530-274-7497, or email ipdmaidu@gmail.

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