WASSAMA ROUNDHOUSE
WASSAMA VILLAGE
MONUMENTS
(Plaque will be cleaned and new photos taken soon)



WASSAMA ROUNDHOUSE STATE MONUMENT
DATING PRIOR TO THE 1860'S, THE WASSAMA ROUNDHOUSE WAS RECONSTRUCTED IN 1985 ON THE LOCATION OF THE PREVIOUS FOUR HOUSES. IN 1903, THE THIRD ROUNDHOUSE WAS BUILT USING PORTIONS OF THE CENTER POLE FROM THE TWO EARLIER HOUSES. THE ROUNDHOUSE SERVED AS THE FOCAL POINT OF SPIRITUAL AND CEREMONIAL LIFE FOR MANY NATIVE CALIFORNIANS. THE WASSAMA ROUNDHOUSE CONTINUES TO SERVE THIS PURPOSE. CALIFORNIA REGISTERED HISTORICAL LANDMARK NO.1001
PLAQUE PLACED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
IN COOPERATION WITH GRUB GULCH CHAPTER 41-49,
E CLAMPUS VITUS, MAY 16, 1992.


WASSAMA VILLAGE MONUMENT




WASSAMA VILLAGE
THE VILLAGE OF WASSAMA (LEAVES FALLING) IS THE SITE OF THE LAST ABOVE GROUND SOUTHERN MIWOK ROUNDHOUSE. BUILT IN 1903, RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES, DANCING, AND GAMBLING TOOK PLACE ON THE SITE UNTIL 1937. SOUTHERN MIWOK DANCES INCLUDING THE 1870 GHOST DANCE, ARE KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN PERFORMED IN THE ROUNDHOUSE. THE VILLAGE ALSO CONTAINS A CEMETARY, CREMATION SITE AND MOURNING AREA. ORIGINALLY THE MIWOK PRACTICED CREMATION, BUT THIS WAS LATER DISCOURAGED BY SPANISH PADRES AND GROUND BURIAL WAS ENCOURAGED.
DEDICATED OCTOBER 11, 1986
BY E CLAMPUS VITUS GRUB GULCH CHAPTER 41-49