Wassama Round House State Historic Park

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Wassama Round House State Historic Park
Exterior, Wassama Round House.jpg
Wassama Round House
Map showing the location of Wassama Round House State Historic Park
Map showing the location of Wassama Round House State Historic Park
Location in California
Map showing the location of Wassama Round House State Historic Park
Map showing the location of Wassama Round House State Historic Park
Location in California
Location Madera County, California
Nearest city Ahwahnee
Coordinates 37°22′28″N 119°43′19″W / 37.37444°N 119.72194°W / 37.37444; -119.72194Coordinates: 37°22′28″N 119°43′19″W / 37.37444°N 119.72194°W / 37.37444; -119.72194
Governing body State of California
Official name Wassama Roundhouse[1]
Reference no. 1001

The Wassama Round House State Historic Park is in the Sierra Nevada foothills, in Madera County of central California.

Californian Native Americans

The park and Round House is used by local Native Americans as a ceremonial meeting place. Gathering Day, held the third Saturday of October, includes demonstrations of dancing, crafts and basket weaving.

The Wassama Roundhouse is a reconstruction built in 1985 upon the location of four previous such houses. Originally dating prior to the 1860s, the roundhouses served as the focal point of spiritual and ceremonial life for many Native Californians. In 1903, the third roundhouse was built using portions of the center pole from the two earlier houses. It is California Historical Landmark #1001.[1]

Access

Wassama Round House State Historic Park is off California State Route 49, five miles northwest of Oakhurst, California. The park features special events and tours.

Proposed for closure

The park was one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program.[2] The Wassama Round House State Historic Park remains open.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Madera County". California Historical Landmarks. Office of Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  2. ^ CBS5.com: List Of Calif. Parks To Close In Budget Proposal

External links

  • Official Wassama Round House State Historic Park website
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