Following Coyote's Path

Tasmam KoyomRoundhouse Council’s summer program for children, “  Following Coyote’s Path”, journeyed to Soda Spring this past week to experience their ancestral past.  Currently known as ‘Humbug Valley’, it is a peaceful, quiet valley where Maidu have historically found plenty of deer and bear roaming free, along with an abundance of waterfowl and fish in nearby Yellow Creek.  The area is still a rich resource of seasonal foods such as seeds, bulbs, medicinal plants, and willows for basket making.

 Located on the Plumas National Forests, the children were led by Maidu Elder Lorena Gorbet, and accompanied by U.S. Forest Service employees Wade McMaster, the Plumas National Forest Tribal Liaison Specialist and Kathy Powers, Information Assistant on the Mt. Hough Ranger District.   In the valley that their ancestors once claimed, the children climbed to one of the many ancient grinding rocks in the area.  These large basalt bedrocks were used by the Maidu for continuous grinding of acorns and pine nuts, creating the deep circular marks in the rock that are still seen today. 

Winding down the trip at nearby Soda Springs, a sacred Maidu spot, the children drank from the carbonated spring that bubbled up from the ground – the same spring that their ancestors drank from in the past.  The children dipped their toes in the cool water of Yellow Creek and sat in the mountain grasses to eat their lunch.