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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee art scene, local artists, art exhibits, art galleries, cultural heritage, history and local writers.

Tahoe Art League’s Free Artist Studio Tours July 25, 26, 27 and Aug 3, 4, 5

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the Tahoe Art League (TAL) has added more demonstrations and more local artists to its annual Artist Studio Tour for all ages.  Held over two weekends, here’s your chance to meet local Tahoe artists and see many of them in action in their studios from 10AM to 5PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25, 26, and 27, and August 1, 2 and 3, 2014.

South Lake Tahoe is home to many accomplished artists like Kit Night shown here, as well as Nina Major and Jill Mueler, who are members of the Tahoe Art League dedicated to promoting fine art and art education in South Lake Tahoe since 1964.

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Plein Air Painting with Tahoe Art League

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En plein air is French for “in the open air,” often used to describe the act of painting outdoors to capture the changing qualities of natural light.

The perfect canvas, Tahoe’s ever changing light that transforms the composition and the soul, calls new and seasoned artists to head out with Dave Russo from the Tahoe Art League on Sunday mornings from 9 am to noon to a variety of locations. Photographers and all media are welcome to these free outings that take place April through October. read more →

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

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Join Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee on the First Friday each month from 4pm to 8pm for Tahoe mountain culture.

Toast the fine art of living with the local artists, live music and libations at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee, where art and culture intersect.

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Watercolor Workshop with Lady Jill at Hope Valley May 26-30

Tahoe Culture Lady JillAre you frustrated with that watercolor painting, but don’t want to give up on the masterpiece underneath?

You’re in luck.  Plein Air artist Lady Jill Mueller will conduct watercolor workshops at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley May 26-30, 2014.

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Poets June Sylvester Saraceno and Laura Wetherington at LTCC April 24

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The Lake Tahoe Community College Writers’ Series is celebrating National Poetry Month on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Room with poets June Sylvester Saraceno and Laura Wetherington.

These award-winning poets will read from their works, engage the audience with a Q and A, and sign copies of their books. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. read more →

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Birds of the Sierra Nevada

Birds of the Sierra Nevada by Ted Beedy Ed Pandolfino

Birds of the Sierra Nevada, by Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino, is a beautifully illustrated user-friendly book with the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.

In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts, and more than 160 rare species. It also includes a glossary of terms, detailed maps, and an extensive bibliography with over 500 citations.

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Made in Tahoe Festival May 24-25

Allana Hughes Pottery Riverside StudiosCelebrate Tahoe arts and mountain culture with local arts, local products,  food, and music at the Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw.

The two-day festival takes place on Saturday-Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2014, and includes local artisans, businesses, organizations and a community stage with live performances by artists, storytellers, writers or presentations. read more →

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Rubicon Ramblings by Poet Judy Tretheway

Rubicon Ramblings by Judy ThrethewayHer book of poems and stories about her intimate wanderings in the woods under the north flank of Rubicon Peak is a salute to Tahoe’s magestic sentinels that lure us deeper into ourselves.

Rubicon Ramblings by Judy Tretheway is a wonderful collection of the author’s experience of communion in the forest. We can all relate through poems like The Forest is My Church, Catch My Breath, No Turning Back, Bear Trail, Pollination, and What is Enough?

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North Tahoe Arts Members Show

MelindaPlumbridge_ViewFromTheTeaHouse_AcrylicBetween April 1 and May 26, the North Tahoe Art Center in Tahoe City will feature works by member local artists.

A “Peoples Choice Award” will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Stop by the Art Center and vote for your favorite artist.

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Echo Lakes Magic

Echo Lakes are a glacially formed pair of lakes, cradled in a serene granite setting 10 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe virtually hidden at 7,252′.

Upper and Lower Echo Lakes are connected by a narrow channel which is passable by boat only during high-water conditions which can cut down your hiking time into Desolation Wilderness along the joint Tahoe Rim Trail/Pacific Crest Trail.

To keep the waters pristine, you must be a Tahoe Keeper if you plan to paddle or boat on the lake.  Clean, Drain, and Dry to prevent aquatic invasive species.

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Olympic Museum at High Camp

Squaw Valley’s recently renovated Olympic Museum at High Camp is now open to the public and features newly-acquired Olympic memorabilia from the 1960 Winter Games at Squaw Valley, as well as a fresh new look.

The mountain-top Olympic Museum tells the story of the 1960 Winter Games- starting from the very beginning with the Olympic proposal, to photos, videos and memorabilia from the historic Games. read more →

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SAVING LAKE TAHOE by Mike Makley

saving_lake_tahoe_coverThe history of Lake Tahoe begins with the Washoe Indians who resided on its shores for thousands of years, with minimal impact on the landscape.

The relatively brief American history at Lake Tahoe began in the mid-nineteenth century. Though awestruck by its beauty, the new arrivals were also intent on harvesting its abundant resources. In a mere half century, the basin’s forests and fisheries were destroyed, the lake’s pristine clarity dramatically reduced.

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The Magical Art of Cathy McClelland

Mcclelland Coyote_ReflectionArt has always been her escape, taking her into the realms of her imagination where she creates.

Cathy McClelland has lived and created on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe for many years. Her love for Tahoe is shared with her love for painting Tahoe’s environment, as well as many other magical themes in life.

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Call to Artists: Sunken Treasures Juried Art Show at Tahoe Maritime Museum

ShanghaiThe Tahoe Maritime Museum is proud to partner with Placer Arts and NCArts to host the juried art exhibit, Sunken Treasures, to showcase work by local artists that explores the unseen world at the bottom of Lake Tahoe.  Entries are due March 14, 2014.

The art exhibit will coincide with the museum’s history exhibit, Ghost Ships, opening on Memorial Weekend 2014 and running until April 19, 2015.

The photo here is of the Shanghai, a 25-foot 1890s Steam Launch, being recovered from the bottom of Lake Tahoe – just one of our Sunken Treasures.

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Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works at NMOA March 1-April 27

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Maurice Sendak, Moishe Head from Where the Wild Things Are, 1979.

The Nevada Museum of Art is excited to welcome a fun, celebratory exhibit sure to bring out the kid in everyone. Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Maurice Sendak’s highly acclaimed children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. The Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery hosts the comprehensive memorial exhibition March 1 through April 27, 2014.

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The Tahoe Art Scene Radio Show with Robert Schimmel Thursdays 5:15pm

He’s a constant advocate for arts at Lake Tahoe and now the host of the   “The Tahoe Art Scene” program that airs every Thursday at 5:15pm on KTHO am590/96.1fm.

Join artist Robert Schimmel as he explores the expanding opportunities for bringing more art to our local community.

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Lady Jill Mueller

Lady Jill Washoe Valley 1Becoming one with nature is the main goal and inspiration behind of all of Lady Jill Mueller’s art works.

Since the 1980s, Jill has composed her painting workshops with the eye of the observer on nature; always creating an experience for the viewer to also feel this connection to nature. Lady Jill inspires her students to find their own union with the natural landscape and express this connection through their own work.

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2014 TAL Artists Registry in the Works

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The Artists Registry is the Tahoe Art League’s premier publication featuring artists and advertisers who support the Arts and Tahoe Art League’s many wonderful programs. This full color FREE magazine is published in beautiful soft cover copies and distributed extensively around Lake Tahoe, the Carson Valley, Reno, Placerville, and regional areas. The Artists Registry is given to businesses and local regional and international visitors. All artists are welcome to submit a photo of their work and brief biography.

Application Deadline is March 15. Cost: $50. Must be a current Member of the Tahoe Art League to apply. read more →

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Off the Wall” Art Auction at LTCC March 24-29

Phyllis Shafer The Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe and the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation present the third annual “Off the Wall” Art Auction.

Pieces created by local artists – including Art Department chair Phyllis Shafer and other LTCC Art Department faculty – will be on display in the Haldan Art Gallery from Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28. read more →

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Kindred Art and Folk Institute in Truckee

Kindred Art and Folk InstituteKindred Art and Folk Institute located in Truckee is on a mission to provide a creative, meaningful and sustainable educational opportunities, inspiring lifelong learning for individuals and families.

Kindred is a catalyst for all ages to come together and discover all we are capable of.  Kindred offers a wide variety of sessions for all ages using multiple mediums so students are able to experience many different avenues and create to new ones together.

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Tahoe Pleasures by Nancy Clarke

This sweet painting by South Lake Tahoe artist Nancy Clarke captures summertime at one of her favorite places – the Tahoe Tallac Historic Site which is the stage for the annual Vallhalla Valhalla Arts & Music Festival.

Nancy calls her work Tahoe Pleasures, expressed in her painting shown here.  read more →

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Olympic Hill at Granlibakken. Defining Tahoe Ski Culture since 1922.

1928 Double Tobaggan Slide at Granlibakken C.W. VernonGranlibakken Resort, on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, was once called Olympic Hill, and is known as Lake Tahoe’s oldest ski resort dating back to circa 1922.

Its story is one of historic luster and charm that defines Lake Tahoe’s enduring ski culture, told best by local historian and renowned journalist Robert Frohlich in “Skiing at Olympic Hill: The Story of “a hillside sheltered by fir trees” which follows.  read more →

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Snowshoe Thompson; Tahoe’s First Mailman

He is considered the father of California skiing.  A true mountaineer in every sense of the word.

Snowshoe Thompson weathered blizzards on 25 lb. skis with an 80 pound pack on his back just to deliver the mail.

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The Romancing of Tahoe by Paul Bailey

tahoe-skiing-1955 by Paul BaileyHis charming depictions of outdoor activities and use of striking, bold colors will make you fall in love with his vintage Tahoe posters.

Meet Paul Bailey, watercolor painter and designer.

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“Sleigh Rides in Lake Tahoe: Memories of Sam Borges” Dianna Maria de Borges

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For forty years he was able to relive some of his fondest childhood memories of sliding behind the milkman’s sleigh to the sound of bells keeping beat to a horse’s trot back in Massachusetts.

Little did he know in 1969 that he would spend the rest of his life giving sleigh rides at Lake Tahoe; and be the happiest man on earth.

Sam Borges was the beloved patriarch of the Borges Family Sleigh Rides for forty years, a timeless Tahoe tradition and South Shore landmark.

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The 1960 Winter Olympics by David C. Antonucci

1960 Winter Olympics by David AntonucciThe 1960 Olympic Winter Games were a long-shot effort that succeeded beyond the wildest expectations. Working in a sparsely populated valley in the Sierra Nevada with only rudimentary facilities, organizers created a world-class Olympic site in four short years. For the only time in Olympic history, the venues and athlete residence halls were located in a compact, intimate setting that encouraged sportsmanship and interaction between athletes.

Images of Sports: The 1960 Winter Olympics by David C. Antonucci showcases the highlights of the games through vintage images. read more →

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Glen Alpine Springs “makes great lemonade!”

Glen Alpine Springs“Curative” mineral spring water was discovered here in 1863.

Glen Alpine Springs, just a short easy jaunt from South Lake Tahoe.

Most people just stumble upon this historic site on their way into Desolation Wilderness via the Lily Lake entrance.  But there’s more to it, located just off the beaten path.

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Phyllis Shafer Exhibit at Nevada Museum of Art February

Tallac by Phyllis ShaferPhyllis Shafer:  I only went out for a walk… opens February 8 at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery. The exhibition celebrates the iconic landscape paintings of Phyllis Shafer while also carefully examining her early artistic influences shaped by time spent in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The largest presentation of Shafer’s work to date, the exhibition includes nearly 100 paintings, gouaches, and drawings.  read more →

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Get the Word Out with Tahoe Writers Works

Tahoe Writers WorksSo you have something to say?

Join the club. Tahoe Writers Works that is.  If you’re addicted to writing, the TWW is your fix. Tahoe Writers Works is a group of writers, poets and other individuals who host writing workshops throughout the year. Both beginning and established writers are welcome. There is no obligation other than an exceptional love of the written word. read more →

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Blue Angels Ski Club at Heavenly

It was Heavenly’s first alpine ski racing club dating back to 1957.

Today, it’s been reincarnated as the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation. The Blue Angels Ski Club.

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Tahoe Maritime History at Tallac Historic Site

“Q” is the nickname of this 1921 classic yacht on display at the Tallac Historic Site. Was she called the “Q” because her name was hard to pronounce, or because it was used by the US Navy in top-secret operations on Lake Tahoe during WWII?

Find out and learn more about the restoration of the Quic chakidn at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe.

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Osgood Toll House at Historical Society Museum in South Lake Tahoe

Osgood Toll HouseThe oldest standing structure at Lake Tahoe, the Osgood Toll House, is 151 years old.

Today, Nehemiah Osgood’s Toll House rests at the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum in South Shore.

Did you know it played a significant role in the Comstock Lode?

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Isolated Estate on West Shore: Ehrman Mansion

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Hidden from view across from Sugar Pine Point State Park, Ehrman Mansion is an isolated architectural treasure. read more →

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Art of Indian Basket Weaving on Display at Gatekeeper’s Museum

It is home to more than 800 baskets, pottery, clothing, dolls and artifacts from over 90 tribes nationwide.

How appropriate for this Lake Tahoe landmark that sits on the site of a known Washoe Indian campsite. The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum at the Gatekeeper’s Museum.

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Nevada’s Last Surviving Fire Lookout at Zephyr Cove

It is the last surviving fire lookout in Nevada, and one of three in the Tahoe basin.

The Zephyr Cove Fire Lookout has been meticulously maintained and restored for the last dozen years by its current local landowner.

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Dat So La Lee Washoe Basket Exhibit at Gatekeeper’s Museum

Without a doubt, she was Tahoe’s greatest artisan. Dat So La Lee is considered one of the greatest basket weavers and designers among the Washoe people.

A fine collection of Dat So La Lee’s work and 900 baskets, pottery, clothing, dolls and artifacts from more than 85 tribes nationwide are on display at the Marion Steinbach Indian Museum located inside the Gatekeeper’s Museum.

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Where is Tahoe Paradise?

tahoeparadise.JPGIs Tahoe Paradise a state of mind or an actual location?

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Eccentric Millionaire Builds Enduring Tahoe Legacy

billthelion.jpgThe Thunderbird Lodge.

Built in 1939, this magnificent estate was designed to blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings. And, that’s not all.

Don’t miss the Open House on May 16, 2009.

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Pony Express Re-Ride through South Lake Tahoe

The Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, will pass through South Lake Tahoe in front of Harrah’s at Friday’s Station to exchange the Mochila in June – check back for the exact date and time.

Since the time may vary based on the full moon, riders and horses, click here for updates.

The annual re-ride is a 10-day, 24-hour per day, non-stop event with 500 riders and horses riding the 1,966 mile route. It is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the nation, even surpassing the famed Iditarod. read more →

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Discovery & Awareness by Sara Zimmerman

NightoftheJimsonLocal illustrator and graphic designer, Sara Zimmerman, will have her fine artworks on display at Full Circle Movement in Truckee through the Fall.

The exhibit is composed of Sara’s earlier body of works, featuring curvaceous florals and whimsical landscapes that perfectly complement the flow and movement happening within Full Circle Movement.

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Western SkiSport Museum boasts California Skiing Legends

Located next to Boreal ski resort is a treasure trove of California ski history. The Western SkiSport Museum was developed as an exhibition of Western North American ski history in 1969. The history of California skiing and legendary mailman, Snowshoe Thompson, who carried a 80 pound mailbag on skis over the Sierra Nevada mountains while rescuing stranded miners in raging blizzards are key exhibits. read more →

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The Healing Powers of Chocolate by Cal Orey

The-Healing-Powers-of-Chocolate“Decadent” and “sinful” are words commonly associated with chocolate, but they no longer apply.

Approximately 4,000 years ago in Central America, the Mayan Indians considered cocoa beans “food of the gods” because of its medicinal benefits. Later, it got tagged as a “bad” fatty food. By the end of the 20th century, a twist of fate turned chocolate back into a health food.

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Did you know…Tahoe has the Highest Lighthouse in North America?

Rubicon Point Lighthouse.

Elevation 6,580 ft.

It’s not easy to spot, especially since it has been out of commission for over 80 years, and it doesn’t look like a lighthouse.

But, it’s well worth the short hike in D.L. Bliss State Park on the west shore to see this historic piece of Tahoe’s early mariner days.

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Colors by Andy Skaff

His love of the West provides the inspiration for his light-filled, vibrant landscapes which convey the clear sense of strong color and deep contrasts he sees in his subjects.  By painting outdoors in the Sierra Nevada mountains including his home at Lake Tahoe, and high deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, he has developed a deep appreciation for the color and beauty of the western landscape.

Meet Andy Skaff, plein air artist from West Shore.

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Melissa Coray Peak named after Pioneer Trail Blazer

While many call it Emigrant Peak, it’s actually named after Melissa Coray, a Mormon pioneer woman who walked over 2,000 miles to the west.

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InnerRhythms of Truckee: Empowering Art and Community

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Its mission is simple.

Use the power of dance and music to cultivate life skills in our local youth and to inspire an enduring passion for the arts.  By offering a wide variety of dance classes and workshops, InnerRhythms Dance Center believes dance and music will help awaken individual and community consciousness one beat at a time.

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Tallac Historic Site: A Cultural Treasure

Hidden by an old growth forest is South Shore’s cultural treasure.

Combined with the annual Valhalla Arts, Music, and Theatre Festival, the Tallac Historic Site has provided us a place to be, and to enjoy the arts and our cultural heritage in an unspoiled natural setting.

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Fannies, Trout and Culture at the Tahoe City “Y”

You don’t have to travel far to learn about the natural history of Tahoe City.

Just head to the “Y” and follow these quick tours, provided by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Don’t forget to get a taste of our local culture at The Bridgetender. Get the cross-cut fries.

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Arborglyphs preserve Branch of History

You’ve heard of petroglyphs.

How about arborglyphs?

And, did you know we live in an area rich in this fascinating art form?

Especially on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.

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Lam Watah Washoe Heritage Site

Tahoe Culture Washoe at Lake TahoeHere, the Washoe fished and gathered berries.

The Lam Watah Washoe Heritage Site is a small archaeological site in South Lake Tahoe managed by the US Forest Service that is open to the public.

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