Updated November 2013
Suskol House is a 20 acre site in Northeastern part of Napa County being used to preserve, disseminate and protect the Native American traditions, songs, dances, basketry and ceremonies of indigenous peoples of the Americas (Abyala). The environment is being developed with experimental and state of the art construction innovations which will be a blend of traditional and very modern adaptations such as strawbale earth plaster. Also under immediate discussion and hopefully, implementation a combination of very recently patented methodologies of wall surface applications; bamboo core walls, waffle foundations that would intensely minimize the use of trees (wood) and cement creating a ZERO footprint! Suscol is implementing perma culture garden techniques minimizing need for water maximizing use of organic matter and compost. Of course major fundraising and outreach is ongoing!
Timeline of the Suskol House Cultural Center:
Nov 7, 2002 - Mortgage paid off
December, 2003 – Declared exempt from California State taxes
March, 2004 – Preliminary Design Phase completed
March, 2006 - Water source developed and piped to site
June, 2006 - Entrance and culvert completed
July, 2006 - Arbor poles set and ready for cover
July-October, 2007 - Arbor poles covered and cedar trees planted next to poles
September, 2007-2008 - Arbor Ceremony
July, 2008 to October, 2010 - extensive Building permits approved and obtained. Prototypes of straw bale and cob huts (Earth, Starr and Sunrise Lodge) built
2013– Phase II: Raise funds and start Construction of “Suskol House”
Suscol Council is seeking donations from various foundations to fund the design and construction of Suskol House.
While final planning proceeds we continue the arduous task of raising funds through special events and individual donations. Permits have been obtained and funding, construction of the Arbor has begun with donated labor and materials. The Arbor is an outdoor arena that will be shaded with willow branches and cedar trees and, as it has no foundation or walls, has not required permits to construct. The ground has been graded, the posts and beams are in place and the Arbor is now available for gatherings.
The Property has been officially designated as “open space” by the State of California.
The property is available for small ceremonies, medicinal plant gathering, and overnight camping by families and small groups. Temporarily, the outdoor kitchen provides adequate shelter for these purposes from spring through fall. When the main Suskol House structure is finished it will allow the cultural center to be open to larger groups on a year round basis.