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‘The History Below the Surface of the Waters of Lake Wildwood’

Lake Wildwood sits atop an ancient Nisenan landscape and the town of panpakan, or tobacco springs. Shelly will share her Tribal and family history of the area and how the Nisenan people adapted to the changing world after the coming of the Gold Rush.

She’ll also tell us about what the Tribe is doing today in the quest to restore their Federal Recognition that was illegally taken from them in 1964 and how the community can help.

Have you ever heard of the towns of Panpakan or Kokosah?



Join us for another fascinating afternoon as Shelly Covert returns to Lake Wildwood to share further history and stories of the Nevada County Nisenan Tribe.

Shelly will go into more detail of how these indigenous people lived in our area of Penn Valley long before gold was discovered.



The event will take place, Tuesday, May 21 from 2–4 p.m. in the Lake Room at the Community Center.

Shelly Covert is the spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. She sits on the tribal council and is community outreach liaison.

She is also the executive director of the non-profit C.H.I.R.P. (the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project), whose mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate Nisenan culture.

The Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan tribal homelands lay within the Bear and Yuba River watersheds, and they are the indigenous people who were here long before the 1850s and remain in their ancestral homelands today. There is a very strong connection to their history and our Lake Wildwood area.

Shelly is a singer/song writer and tradition keeper within her tribal group.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more of our local history. There is no charge for this event.


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