Chaw'se Day
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Chaw'se Day

Date: May 25 - May 26, 2019

Due to the inclement weather and soggy state of the park, we have decided to move the event into the Grand Oak Ballroom at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. We're not letting the damp weather dampen the fun!

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians invites you to attend the 6th annual Chaw’se Day Celebration, a weekend long event welcoming Spring with Native American games, cuisine, dancing, crafts and much more! Admission is free and open to the public.

“This is a great opportunity for Californians near and far to learn about Native American history and simultaneously enjoy a variety of unique food, music, and activities,” said Adam Dalton, Tribal Chairman of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians.

Created in 1968, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (IGR) is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills 12 miles east of Jackson, CA. The native name for the site is "Chaw’se,” the Miwok word for "grinding rock.” The areas ample supply of acorns and other seeds were ground upon the grinding rock to produce meal, slowly forming the cup-shaped depressions in the stone, which can still be seen today. Miwok village complete with a ceremonial roundhouse is registered as a California Historical Landmark and is one of the only known occurrence of mortars intentionally decorated with petroglyphs.

For additional event information and for Native American craft and vendor registration, please contact Anya Wolin at or (209) 223-8731.

For the Northern Sierra Miwok who settled in this area centuries ago, the Roundhouse (or Hun’ge) was the true center of ceremonial and social life. In 2013 the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, along with neighboring Miwok tribes, began the once-in-a-generation rebuilding the Ceremonial Roundhouse (or Hun’ge) at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. The sacred process and traditions of deconstruction and rebuilding utilized traditional materials and construction techniques, and was completed in September of 2015. Every element of the Hun’ges architecture contains spiritual significance, and the Roundhouse continues to be used by today’s local tribes for private ceremonies.

Chaw'se Days is one of two annual events when the public is allowed access to the Roundhouse; the other is Big Time, which takes place the 4th weekend of September. Please observe the following guidelines:
  • Enter in between dances.
  • Do not leave until after a dance is completed.
  • No photographs in the Roundhouse.
  • Ask for permission before taking photographs of Native Americans.

Park Fee: $8.00 per vehicle day use. Senior Discount $1.00 off day use.

14881 Pine Grove-Volcano Road
Pine Grove Ca 95665
(209) 296-7488
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