California friends share Yurok traditions with Tanka team

January 05, 2021

California friends share Yurok traditions with Tanka team
We recently received a visit from friends out of California who were here for several Wounded Knee commemorative events on the reservation.

Thomas B. Dunklin of Arcata, CA, and Willard Carlson of the Blue Creek Ah Pah Traditional Yurok Village in Klamath, CA, stopped by to say hello and exchange a very special gift. Like many in the village, Carlson traditionally cold smokes salmon. The production of this food is intrinsic to the Yurok old ways and isn't available for public sale, but Carlson was generous enough to share some of his delicious salmon with us and we in turn gave them some of our Tanka products.



Willard Carlson with Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter.


The Ah Pah village is as a living reflection of the way the Yurok lived years before modern day. Dunklin works with Carlson and is documenting the process. To learn more about the Ah Pah Village and the spirit behind it, visit their Facebook group page: Blue Creek Ah-Pah





Ah Pah Smokehouse.


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