Wassama Round House
Wassama Round House preserves the traditional meeting place of the Miwok people. It was used for traditional dances and games. It is now a State Historic Park, and honors the customs of California's first inhabitants. This site is used by local Native Americans as a ceremonial meeting place. The park features special events and tours. Gathering Day, held the third Saturday of October, includes demonstrations of dancing, crafts and basket weaving.
Wassama is full of history. Volunteers serve as tour guides, and also live on the property part-time. In addition to the round house, they will show you the "marriage tree", sweat lodge, cemetery and more. If you are fortunate, you will be able to see their pets, which include two talented macaws.
The park is five miles northwest of Oakhurst off Highway 49. Call before planning your trip to make sure there are no unforeseen closures or issues with the park.
There's plenty of photo opportunities, however, they do request that you refrain from taking photos of the inside of the roundhouse.
- 45 miles north of Fresno
- Parking: Plenty of free parking
- Some walking required
Take a wide angle lens, or a versatile wide to zoom lens. A tripod is recommended, but not a must.