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ParkSpeak: Sumeg Village in Patrick’s Point State Park

This year, we’re adventuring through California’s State Parks – virtually.

Park ranger Maiya beside a living house, Sumeg Village

Sumeg Village in Patrick’s Point State Park

California’s 280 state parks offer a rich history that can provide much more to their visitors beyond the benefits of experiencing nature. With our virtual series, ParkSpeak, Parks California connects community members across the state with a guided, behind-the-scenes tour exploring the histories and ongoing efforts within three geographically dispersed state parks.

First up: Sumeg Village in Patrick’s Point State Park.

Our friends Skip Lowry, North Coast Redwoods District interpreter & Yurok/Mountain Maidu/Pit River descendant, and Victor Bjelajac, North Coast Redwoods District superintendent, joined us for a very special conversation on what makes Sumeg Village an important ceremonial location for the Yurok Tribe and how they’re engaged in restorative justice.

Watch ParkSpeak – Sumeg Village now:

We are inspired by the time, knowledge and wisdom Skip and Victor shared with all of us. If this work matters to you, please donate to Parks California so we can continue to support an equitable and just state park system for all.

See you on our next adventure!

P.S. Take a look at our other 2020 ParkSpeak events: