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Canoes used on the Yurok Tribe's canoe tour.
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North Sacramento’s residents feel underrepresented at City Hall. The Yurok Tribe, the largest tribe in the state, restores the lost art of hand-built canoes from California redwoods. CapRadio series listens to North Sacramento residents who call for investments in community. A preview of the Mariachi Festival De Sacramento.
For the past year, CapRadio producers, editors, and reporters have been listening to residents in North Sacramento, known as City Council District 2. All this week, CapRadio has been sharing conversations about some of the issues facing the area, from homelessness to a lack of investment and a drought of resources for youth. One issue we heard about is the area’s inadequate representation at City Hall. And now, Council Member Sean Loloee, who represents the district, is currently under investigation because of claims he does not live there. But he isn’t District 2’s first divisive politician. CapRadio reporters Janelle Salanga and Kristin Lam joined Insight to share their reporting on North Sacramento and its residents.
Yurok Tribe Redwood canoe tours
Known as a great fisherman, the Klamath River has long been a lifeline for the Yurok Tribe, located in the heart of the California redwoods. The largest tribe in the state has more than 5,000 members with land that spans the coastline, along Highway 101, up the Klamath River towards the Oregon border. Yurok Canoe Captain Julian Markussen, Yurok Culture Bearer Hop Norris and Yurok Canoe Builder David Eric Severns discuss reviving the lost art of hand-built canoes from fallen redwoods and offering guided Yurok Redwood Canoe Tours in Del Norte County to the public. A beautiful and serene, two- or four-hour voyage that shares the history of Yurok culture and a way of life that goes back centuries. The canoes are handmade from redwoods, never cut down, with a deep respect for the tallest tree in the world. The redwood-Yurok bond dates back centuries, passed down through oral tradition. But like countless Native American traditions, was nearly decimated. The tours open to the public help fund the revival of the Yurok tradition of redwood canoes — logs which can be costly to acquire and transport. The song performed is titled “Neypuy Rek’woy” from Yurok singer James Gensaw Sr.
Mariachi Festival de Sacramento
Whimsical strings. Triumphal trumpets. A hypnotic guitar rhythm and, of course, soaring voices to raise the spirit or break the heart. All of these ingredients are key to Mariachi, one of the most distinctive and unmistakable musical styles in the world. This iconic music is being celebrated at Mariachi Festival de Sacramento held at the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center in downtown Sac. The event promises to showcase the beautiful music of Mexico, including a performance by Mariachi Estrella de Mexico, the largest Mariachi in the world. But another notable Mariachi performing is Mariachi Bonitas, an all-female Mariachi created to share the captivating art of Mariachi Northern California. Dinorah Klingler, the manager and lead singer of Mariachi Bonitas and organizer of Mariachi Festival de Sacramento, joined Insight to share her music and give us a preview of the festival.
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