Near our ranch remains the Wassama Village. Now a State Park it protects the remaining roundhouse, mortar cups, and the cemetery cremation site where Miwok ancestors can remain at peace. Dancing and religious ceremonies were common in these roundhouses and still, to this day, once a year, people come together in celebration of remembering the rich heritage that once held this land.
A bit deceiving from the outside The Wassama roundhouse is enormous! Roundhouses were built large enough to support villages for gatherings, of all kinds, even gambling was not unheard of within these walls. I love that the roundhouse is still packed with wood for fires and we even found a can of rolling tobacco still stored within the rafters.
There is a certain peace that remains here still. Like you can still feel the power of life and nature all around you on this preserved patch of earth. I can just imagine the Miwok women gathering acorns to fill the mortar holes in order to provide their loved ones with a high protein meal.
Dress: ModCloth // Cape: Vintage // Boots: Steve Madden
It's such a whimsical reminder of a world come and gone and I can't help but appreciate our ability to visit, pay tribute, and remember those who were here before us!
Love & Lollies...
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