The Archaeology Center booth at the Stanford Powwow was organized by students and staff involved in our public outreach programs. This year the focus was on collaboration with the local Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and on craft activities for children. More than 30,000 visitors attend the Stanford Powwow each year and the event showcases indigenous arts and performance. The Archaeology Center booth included posters showcasing the Center's research and public programs and Stanford archaeology majors and grad students staffed the booth to answer questions. The real highlight however were the craft activities.
Muwekma Ohlone tribal elders and Stanford archaeologists harvested elderberry branches at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve early in the week. The sticks were cut into short lengths and on Saturday children were invited to create and decorate traditional clapper sticks. The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe's booth adjoined the Archaeology Center booth and both communities were involved in helping children create and understand the musical instruments. Coloring book pages showing traditional Muwekma Ohlone dancers were developed by doctoral student Tim Wilcox and these were enormously popular with the children as well.
The event was a great success in reinforcing the Center's collaboration with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, in giving our students authentic experience in collaborating with indigenous groups, and in showcasing the Center's commitment to indigenous archaeology to a broad community of native and non-native members of the public. We look forward to continuing this new tradition next year.