The Heart of the Gold Country

Chaw'se Big Time Indian Celebration

Chaw'se Big Time Indian Celebration

Saturday-Sunday
4th Weekend
September
 
Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park in Pine Grove is home to the The Chaw'se Regional Indian Museum.
 
Big Time brings together Indian families on the weekend following the fourth Friday in September for the annual acorn gathering.
 
Dancing, hand games, singing and storytelling are traditional at this event. Spectators are welcome, but there is no fixed schedule of events. Native American crafts and foods are available.  During this event please ask for permission before taking photographs of Native Americans.
 

THE ROUNDHOUSE (HUN’GE)
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.
 
ROUNDHOUSE ETIQUETTE
Big Time is one of two annual events when the public is allowed access to the Roundhouse; the other is Chaw’se Days which takes place each Memorial Day weekend.  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.

Indian Grinding Rock SHP
14881 Pine Grove-Volcano Road
Pine Grove, CA  95665
209-296-7488