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Banderitas Days Coming to Coulterville Park in July

COULTERVILLE — A fun new event, celebrating the early days of Coulterville, is taking place the week of July 1st through July 5th!

Best of all, it’s FREE!!!!

There will be activities taking place from 9:30 a.m. to about 9 p.m. daily, many in the Coulterville Park (see map below) and some around town, particularly a number of movies that will be shown at “The Mercantile” at 5016 Main Street in Historic Downtown Coulterville.

Check out this short video about historic Coulterville. 

The organizer of this event, Greeley Hill resident Jesse Salcedo, got the idea for this event after attending a Southern Sierra Mi Wuk Pow Wow at the Mariposa Fairgrounds this past May. He has invited them to participate as a group, since Coulterville sits on what was once their land, but this is yet to be confirmed.

The name of the event hails back to the earliest days of the gold rush. The best known story is that George Coulter’s original tent-based store had a small flag flying atop of it, prompting the local miners to call the place Banderita, which is Spanish for “small flag.”

Image of Julia, Lucy, and Ursela Parker.

Julia, Lucy, and Ursela Parker.

While still busy confirming additional participants, as well as dates and times for some of those confirmed, to date the participants include:
  • Fresno Apache Veterans’ Color Guard
  • Traditional Aztec Danza group with members drawn from Los Banos, Fresno and San Jose
  • Julia Parker, Lucy Parker and Ursela Parker…3 Generations Traditional Basket Weaving
  • Ruben, an Acoustic Solo Guitarist flying in from Florida to take part in the event
  • Tony, a local Coultervillian, playing Classic Rock N Guitar
  • MMIW, Missing Murdered Indigenous Women – Red Ti Pi
  • Turtle Women Rising, a Native American Iraq Veterans Women’s Drumming Circle led by Retired E-7 Sargent Eli Painted Crow from Merced
  • Jan’s Authentic Native American Items from Monterey, Big Foot Fry Bread
  • Native American Ti Pi Display

Raffle tickets will be available for winning a 7’ Ti Pi, with the winning ticket to be drawn and the winner announced shortly before the end of the five-day event.

A number of films will be shown at the Mercantile, with times posted online on the “Coulterville, CA” Facebook page, and around town shortly before the event gets going.

So far, the lineup of films includes:
  • A film on the Southern Sierra Mi Wuk Federal Recognition efforts that will be coupled with a discussion led by Bill Leonard from Mariposa.
  • A short film on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women that will include a discussion led by Norm, flying in from Oklahoma.
  • A short film titled “Vietnam War, Dogs From Illusion” by Charlie Trujillo from San Jose. Charlie’s book is available on Amazon.

More vendors, and historical activities are in the works.

If interested in participating as a vendor, or other aspect of the event, please contact Jesse Salcedo via e-mail at jdsalcedo@earthlink.net or by calling 650-740-2986.

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