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Streetwise: How would the Miwok celebrate Halloween?

Original post made on Oct 27, 2011

Whether you call it The Great Pumpkin or All Hallows Eve, Halloween is an institution (not to mention an industry) throughout the U.S. In order to get a better sense of how generations past might have celebrated the holiday, Roving Reporter Stan Wharton went to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and asked Tassajara Hills fourth graders ==B How do you think the Miwok Indians would have celebrated Halloween?==

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 27, 2011, 12:00 PM

Comments (4)

Posted by CDSI Research, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Dear Editor and Stan,

These children very closely described the origins of Halloween in ancient Celtic festivals that celebrated their ancestors in a feast at "Summer's end and the coming of darkness". It was simply an early new year's celebration for the Irish's ancestors as the time of darkness was seen as renewal for the next year's planting and harvest.

Great Story, Happy Nevada Day


Posted by Miwok? No, YOU-wok!, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 28, 2011 at 8:15 am

I have a feeling the Miwok probably celebrated Halloween by not doing anything and not knowing what it was because they were Miwok, not immigrants to America from the British Isles. But good guesses, kids!

Posted by FanDanville, a resident of Danville
on Oct 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

I like the kid's answers!

But the International Candy Confectionary Society is very insistant upon the idea that the Miwok would have passed out big chocolate "Miwok huts" filled with little chocolate bunnies and soft-filled candy eggs (oh, and also those Corn Kernel candy things).

Posted by Lynn, a resident of Danville
on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

What a great question! This is exactly the kind of critical thinking that sharpens minds and expands awareness. JMHO

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