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The Peoples Center for the Karuk Tribe carries Tanka products in gift shop
Tanka Spotlight Business:
The Peoples Center, Happy Camp, CA

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Photo of the Klamath River, which runs through the Karuk Tribe's ancestral lands

Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers, we decided we needed to share their unique stories. Our Tanka Spotlight series runs every other Thursday. If you'd like to be featured or if you'd like to nominate a Tanka retailer for a story, please contact Jason Stover,

RETAILER: The Peoples Center for the Karuk Tribe

COORDINATOR: Helene Rouvier

LOCATION: 64236 Second Ave., Happy Camp, CA


Tanka Bar: How did your business get started?

Helene: The Peoples Center was started in 2002. We offer language, culture and basket-making classes. We also have a musem and gift shop.

TB: How did you come to find out about the Tanka Bar?

Helene: Before I worked here, I worked on an archaeology site down on the coast. Another crew member bought one at a store nearby.

TB: How do the Tanka Bars sell for you?

Helene: They sell at a good and at a steady rate. I hope they pick up the pace during tourist season.

TB: What do you think of the Tanka Bar?

Helene: I like that they are not hard and they are soft enough to chew, so elders and all types of people can enjoy them. I also like that they have all natural ingredients and that they are healthy for you. The fact that the Tanka Bar is a Native-owned business is great, also.

TB: What type of Tanka Bar do you prefer, the Traditional or the Spicy Pepper Blend?

Helene: I like them both, but prefer the Tanka Bar Hot.

For more information: The Peoples Center

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