Under the direction of the Yocha Dehe Cultural Resources Committee, the Cultural Resources Department designs programs to protect historic sites, creates cultural media, plans community events and supports language revitalization. The Tewe Kewe Cultural Center houses our language, cultural internships and GIS programs. It also serves as a home for our special collections, including extensive Patwin language and research selections.
Keeping our language and wisdom alive is central to our survival as a Tribe. It reflects the promise we have made to generations of culture keepers - the promise that we will carry the knowledge of our traditions on into perpetuity - to preserve the core of who we are as Native people.
We are working with trained tribal monitors and archeologists to ensure that historic findings are treated in the most respectful way possible. Within our Tribe’s aboriginal territory, we are diligently working to get ahead of inadvertent discoveries and avoid excavation in culturally sensitive areas. Our Tribe has taken on the responsibility of digitizing the state records of Native cultural sites in order to respond to construction notices and ensure appropriate protection.
The mission of the Cultural Resources Department is to identify, preserve and protect Patwin language, culture and sites.
Chom, chemes da bopas Patwin tewe, weya da wilak.