Cards, Hoopa-Style



The traditional card games drew the biggest crowds a couple of Fridays ago during this year's Sovereign Day celebration on the Hoopa Valley Tribe's reservation.

The drumming and singing would befuddle a non-stalwart -- how can a person make a good decision with all those tricky spirits messing with your head? That's the idea, at least so I gathered from a brief description a tribal member gave me. I'm sure I'm missing some subtleties, but hopefully not delivering too hackneyed of an interpretation.

Anyway, it was exciting! And for more on the Hoopa Valley Tribe's present state of mind -- what with a new chairman and all, who's promising to escort convicted drug dealers off of the reservation and shut the door tight -- you can check out this week's North Coast Journal . Hard copy out now; online version up tomorrow!

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