One of California’s better preserved and interpreted historic sites is Fort Ross, the early 19th century Russian fur-hunting settlement on the Sonoma County coast. In recent years the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which administers the site, has done a fine job of working with the Kashia Pomo community on whose ancestral land the settlement was built. In contrast with the state’s Spanish, Mexican, and American colonizers, the Russians enjoyed relatively cordial and collegial relations with their Pomo neighbors, and these relations have been renewed in recent years.
Now the Su Nu Nu Shinal Dancers – traditional Pomo dancers – are going to Russia on a performance tour. They’ve raised almost enough money for the trip, but still need a little more. I’ve just made a contribution, and hope you will too. The Fort Ross Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is helping organize the trip and handling donations. You can learn more and make a contribution at http://www.fortross.org/krasnoyarsk.htm. A worthwhile cause.