Amador County Fair to Kick-off Huell Howser’s California’s Golden Fairs
Huell is so excited about the project that he will “sneak preview” six episodes on PBS stations throughout California starting this September. The first episode of the sneak preview to air will feature the Amador County Fair.
Comment: The Miwok village doesn't appear in this brief clip, but you can get a sense of how loud and annoying Huell Howser is.
Like the other segments in this half-hour show, the Miwok village gets a few minutes of air-time. First Howser visits an open-air roundhouse with an Indian spokesman and women at a table making baskets. Then a park ranger shows him some conical cedar-bark houses.
As with the rest of the episode, Howser is gushingly positive about the importance of Native history and culture. The spokesman makes a key point: that Indians are still here. So does the park ranger: that California history didn't begin with the Gold Rush.
Equally interesting is what isn't said. Since this is basically an infomercial for California tourism, there's nothing negative or controversial. What Howser could've said includes:
Anyway, it's nice that Indians appear at the fair and on this series. Any exposure is good.
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