Community forum: Cultural Competency  for Indigenous  Communities in San Francisco.
Friday, March 24th, 2006 from 12pm-3pm, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, 2919 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA. The purpose of this activity  is  to  obtain input and feedback on the  cultural and  linguistic  needs of Indigenous immigrants who need to access health care and  social  services  in  San  Francisco, and to incorporate this information into a training program for health care and social service providers on cultural competency  for   Indigenous   immigrant   communities,  especially  the  Yucatec  Maya community.

DE YOUNG MUSEUM: Music of the Hawaiian Islands by Patrick Landeza
March 24, Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Musician, songwriter, producer, educator and creator of the Institute of Hawaiian Music and Culture, Patrick Landeza is considered to be a leading proponent of Hawaiian slack key guitar, or ki ho'alu. Born of Hawaiian parents and raised on the "island" of Berkeley, California, as a teenager, Landeza has three recordings and the fourth to release this August 2006. Patrick tours the country teaching and performing ki ho'alu and when at home, continues weekly slack key lessons in Berkeley, California. This year he will introduce Addison Street Records which records slack key and other major Hawaiian artists.  Co-sponsored by NACC.

ISHI IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Saturday, March 25th 2006
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Registration fee:  $25
Anthropologist Richard Burrill discusses the life of Ishi, believed to be the last survivor of the Yahi tribe of California Indians.  The focus of the seminar will be Ishi’s “second world” -- the years he spent in the Bay Area (1911-16).  In 1911, Ishi wandered out the wilderness area near Mt. Lassen.  His sudden appearance in Oroville stunned the country: his tribe was considered extinct, after the bloody massacres of the 1860s and 70s.  Ishi had been in hiding for over forty years.  Dr. Alfred Kroeber, the first Curator of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences, brought Ishi to San Francisco to assist in documenting Yahi Indian traditions.  Ishi adapted to life in the City and made his second home inside the Museum of Anthropology on Parnassus Avenue, where Dr. Kroeber had become Head Curator after leaving the Academy.  Ishi spent the rest of his life in San Francisco; he died here on March 25th 1916 from tuberculosis.

Burrill will share his latest findings on Ishi’s experiences in the Bay Area.  At the seminar, you will meet honored guests whose families knew Ishi.  You’ll hear excerpts from sound recordings of Ishi’s stories and songs, in the Yahi language, plus segments from several documentary films.  Questions – contact June Anderson, 415-321-8385, janderson@calacademy.org

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ISHI
Bus Tour of Bay Area Locations of Significance to Ishi
Sunday, March 26th, 2006, 8.00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration fee:  $90

Anthropologist Richard Burrill will lead a full-day field trip that explores landmarks of Ishi’s life in the Bay Area (1911-16).  Each place of significance to Ishi has a story to tell, and Richard will bring to life Ishi’s experiences as he adjusted to his “second home.”  You will visit the spot where Ishi first set foot in San Francisco, and you’ll learn about his impressions of the City.  You’ll visit houses that Ishi frequented, the cable car route he used, the original site of the Museum of Anthropology where he lived for almost five years, and the legendary Ishi cave atop Sutro Hill.  At the archery range in Golden Gate Park, you’ll watch a demonstration of Ishi’s Yahi archery techniques, and can try your hand with bow and arrow.  After lunch, you’ll spend the afternoon at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the UC Berkeley campus, touring the California Indian gallery and the Ishi exhibit.  En route, you’ll stop at T. T. Waterman’s residence where Ishi stayed in the summer of 1915.  Questions – contact June Anderson, 415-321-8385, janderson@calacademy.org


FILM/ WORD PROJECT
Two Sundays, March 26th and April 2: San Francisco Civic Center Plaza
Between Mail Library and Asian Museum
All you NACC poets and writers, come participate in a fun event and help a young artist.  Chris Gomora, (Ojibwa Nation, Bear Clan) is a student at City College.  For his film class he has arranged an art project involving poetry, film, and one of San Francisco’s most notorious sculptural representations of racism, the Pioneer Monument.  “The idea is centered around the monument to the conquest of California; with it's stereotypic representation of a Native American man lying down looking up to his "salvation": a Spanish holy man.  My "artistic concept" is to have an assortment of NDN community menders perform a reading of a piece of prose/spoken work/poetry that has been written expressly for this film. I would like a diverse representation of NDN people to perform this.  Through the continuity of editing, in a flash style I will edit together the lines, stanza's, or blocks of poetry into a unified (hopefully cohesive) piece. I am not looking for perfection!!! I am looking for genuine feelings behind the words that are being spoken.”    The first weekend is for individual lines, the second is for group readings.  Come out and help out!

SPEAKING IN TONGUES
March 31st, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.,
LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St. in San Francisco
The Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) will be hosting a spoken word event sponsored by NACC. Speaking in Tongues is an inter-cultural journey into Native America.  Light refreshments will be provided. There is a suggested donation of five dollars; but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., event begins at 7. For more information call: (415) 865 5616.  Flier:  http://www.lonelyocean.co.uk/myweb/speakingintongues.jpg

BIRDING FOR EVERYONE
Saturday, April 1
San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
Angie Geiger and Nancy DeStefanis, SF Nature Education; Darin Dawson, SF Botanical Garden Docent. 415.387.9160, www.sfnature.org
Meet at 10 a.m. at kiosk/bookstore at front gate of Botanical Garden, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way. Trip ends at noon. Families welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cosponsored with Botanical Garden and San Francisco Nature Education.
 
WILDFLOWERS AND GEOLOGY
April 1, Saturday 10am.
Presidio Park - Coastal Bluffs - (San Francisco)
National Park Service ecologist Mike Perlmutter and interpretive ranger/former USGS geologist Will Elder will co-lead a tour of the site, focusing on flora, geology, and past, present, and planned ecological restoration work. In few places along the California coastline can you view serpentinite coastal bluffs as well as in the Presidio. Landslides, gullies, and steep, sparsely vegetated slopes reveal also shale, greywacke sandstone, basalt, radiolarian chert, and occasional high-grade metamorphic "exotic" rocks. Vegetation in this coastal bluff habitat must contend with harsh conditions: thin rocky serpentine soils, steep, sun-exposed slopes, shearing onshore winds, and at lower locations, salt spray from the crashing surf. Vegetation is dominated by wind-pruned shrubs, intermingled with small patches of forbs and grasses; ground-hugging salt-tolerant species are most common in closer-to-shore locations. Faulting within the bedrock is often expressed in perennial seeps which play host to diverse wetland vegetation. Spring's bright wildflower showings paint the landscape with color, enlivening an already dramatic setting. Meet in front of Battery Boutelle along Merchant Road (there is parking, as well as a bus stop for MUNI lines #28 & #29). Be prepared to hike steep rocky terrain.

HAWAIIAN LUA`U
Saturday, April 1, 2006,  6:30 - 10:00 pm
Kaleo Café, 1340 Irving Street, San Francisco, (between 14th & 15th Ave.)  415.753.2460
Join us for authentic Hawaiian Food, Music and a Hula Show
featuring dances by Halau Keikiali`i and the music of Na Kane
feast on Hawaiian Dinner Plates: $12.00 festivities start at 6:30 pm.  Reservations recommended as seating is limited.  Call 415-753-2460 to reserve space today. 
For 12 more events during Native Spring, go to:   http://www.kaleocafe.com/
Co-sponsored by NACC.

JUANA BRIONES: A Legend, A Woman
Sunday, April 2; 1 to 3 pm, en Espanol
Sunday, April 16; 1 to 3 pm, in English
Crissy Field Center, Presidio Park
On this special walk, you'll hear all about one of the Presidio's most legendary women, Juana Briones. Ranger Fatima Colindres takes you on a journey through history, beginning at Crissy Field and ending at El Polin Spring. Along the way, you'll hear stories, draw pictures, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Presidio. By the end of the walk, you will have made your own history book of Juana's life. Ages: Families with children ages 4 to 9.  Call 415-561-7752 to pre-register. FREE


BIRDING & the BOTANICAL GARDEN
Sunday, April 2
Strybing Arboretum
Allan Ridley and Helen McKenna, 415.566.3241; Ginny Marshall, 650.349.3780                    
For this half-day trip, meet at 8 a.m. at front gate of Botanical Garden, Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way. The garden has several micro-habitats that attract an array of resident, migrant, and vagrant birds.

GLEN CANYON SPIDERS
April 2, Sunday. 10 am to Noon
Last autumn's spider field trip in Glen Canyon was so hugely successful that we have decided to repeat it.  Darrell Ubick, arachnologist at the California Academy of Sciences, is not only very knowledgeable, but a very effective communicator; the excitement of the large number of kids of all ages on the autumn trip vouched for that. Darrell wants to return to Glen Canyon in spring to compare it with what we saw in September. There will be different spiders and other organisms active at this time, and it will be a very different scene. Darrell goes rain or shine, but very heavy rain will postpone to the following Sunday, April 9. Co-sponsored by Friends of Glen Canyon.

BAY NATIVE CIRCLE
April 5, Wednesday
Radio -Janeen Antoine 2:00 pm, Cindy LaMarr and Curtis Notsinneh on AB 2665 and 2666 and Trudell on his music, his film and his work.

SALSAMBA PARTY
Thursday, April 6th
Roccapulco Supper Club, 3140 Mission Street. S.F.
Maisa Duke's Energia Do Samba will be performing two Samba Shows: one with SAMBADA the Best Brazilian band in the Bay Area will play (with singers Papiba and Dandha- we love them and you will too!), and one on its own.  With DJ Papi Chocolate will spin the best salsa, samba, reggaeton, dancehall, and more.  Let's dance with some of the best Brazilian indigenous folks in the Bay Area. Doors open at 8pm, Cover $10 before 9:30pm., $15 after.

FEMALE FIGURES IN BRONZE
by Lynn Creighton
April 7–May 31
CIIS Minna Street Center, Second Floor
Reception and Slide Presentation, Friday, April 7, 7–9pm
Lynn Creighton is a ceramic sculptor who has studied shamanism and led Native American purification lodges, prayer dances, and vision quests for many years. These parallel journeys to knowledge have created the opening for her to understand and celebrate the feminine through form and ceremony. Creighton currently teaches three-dimensional design at Moorpark College and ceramics at California Lutheran University. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Japan, France, and South Africa. In Reclaiming the Sacred Source, Creighton has created bronze female figures that express exuberance and divine appreciation.  Sponsored by the Women’s Spirituality Program.  Co-sponsored by NACC.


STARR KING OPENSPACE TOUR
April 8, Saturday  10am to noon.
Meet in front of Starr King Elementary School at 1215 Carolina Street.
Please join us to enjoy what promises to be a fine display of wildflowers this spring. Five native plant species that were not present in 2002 have been reintroduced to the Openspace from seed collected elsewhere on Potrero Hill. Five other species that were rare in Starr King have been significantly increased through the same procedure. Many native species have increased in numbers naturally, due largely to efforts at invasives control and removal. Starr King Openspace is a land trust formed as a result of community activism in the 1970s and 1980s and is the only hilltop open space in San Francisco that is not owned by San Francisco Recreation & Park Department. It is managed by a volunteer board of directors, all of whom live on Potrero Hill, and relies completely on volunteer energy and love for the natural environment. Trip leader Dr. Ralph E. Hunter is a retired coastal geologist from the USGS; co-leader Norine Yee is a native plant nursery manager. Muni #48 or Muni #19. A work day will follow the field trip. If you choose to stay for the workday, lunch and tools will be provided. (Ralph 415 810-4900)  Cosponsored by Starr King Openspace, CNPS.


MUSICAL HEALING DANCE AND RITUAL
Sat. April 8, 8 pm $10-20
Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco.  
This participatory performance blends songs, chants, deep improvisational exploration, and ritual to create a new form: part performance, part devotional dance, part healing ritual. Come prepared to dance, to sing, to make musical and movement prayers, to make a Reverent Offering. Benefit for Code Pink Women for Peace. Co-sponsored by NACC.


EARTHSONGS
Sunday, 4/9.
KPFA Radio 94.1,  w Gregg McVicar


"LA PIEL DE LA MEMORIA" (Skin of Memory): Film & Discussion
Monday, April 10, 5-6:30
University of San Francisco, Cowell 114
This film profiles a public art project in Medellín, Colombia, where youth and barrio residents created a public museum to reclaim their collective memories from the imposed silences of unrelenting violence. The video was produced in collaboration with project coordinators Pilar Riaño & Suzanne Lacy, who will be present for discussion.
http://www.usfca.edu/online/gen_info/directions.html


DANCING WITH SUSPENDED OBJECTS
with Joanna Haigood
Mondays April 10-May 8, 6-8 pm., $17 drop-in, $75 for 5-class series
Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco.
This is a mixed level aerial dance class with a variety of suspended or flying objects including hoops, ladders, rocks, windows. The emphasis will be on skill building and exploring the metaphoric content and perceptual effects associated with the objects and flight. Joanna Haigood relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from New York in 1979 and co-founded ZACCHO Dance Theatre. Info: (415) 626-2060.  Co-sponsored by NACC.

HONORED GUEST
Dr. Gregory Cajete (Tewa Pueblo)
April 11, Tuesday, 4:30 pm
Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, Cesar Chavez Student Center SFSU. Co-sponsored by NACC.

THE MADNESS & THE MOREMES TOUR 2006
with John Trudell and Bad Dog
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 - Wed, Apr 12, 2006      7:00 pm
Larkspur Café Theatre, 500 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur
The acclaimed Native American poet and indigenous rights activist, John Trudell will be previewing a soon-to-be-released double CD during this two-night performance featuring Trudell’s new collection of poetic works set to the compelling soundscapes of longtime collaborators, Bad Dog and Quiltman. Each night’s performance will be unique and will showcase music from one CD.  Seating is limited to 100; Adv tix recommended.  For more information contact:  415-924-6107  http://www.larkspurcafetheatre.com

BAY NATIVE CIRCLE
April 12, Wednesday
Radio: - Lakota Harden 2:00 pm KPFA 94.1 FM or KCFC in Fresno 88.1 FM

HERON LECTURE and Film Premiere
Thursday, April 13 
Randall Museum Theatre, 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt), San Francisco
Nancy DeStefanis will show new slides of the 2005 Stow Lake Heron colony and screen her new short documentary film: “Above the Nests—Helen Pratt's Work to Preserve Wildlife in California.” This screening is the San Francisco Premiere. Free. The film tells the story of Helen Pratt's pioneering observations of the magnificent egret and heron colony at the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve in Marin County for over 30 years. Helen Pratt's research helped ban the lethal pesticides DDT and Dieldrin.  Nancy is the founder and executive director of San Francisco Nature Education (SFNE). Nancy discovered the nesting great blue herons in 1994. Each spring, SFNE provides a free program staffed by interns with spotting scopes to show the public these charismatic birds and their chicks.

CALIFORNIA’S LOST TRIBES  -PBS Premier
April 13th, 2006 10:00PM   
The 1987 Supreme Court decision to open up Indian gaming nationwide had a dramatic economic impact on the lives of California's Indian tribes. In a few short years, some California Indians went from being the poorest people in the state to among the richest, and from being virtually invisible to being the state's most powerful political lobby. For the Cabazon and Morongo tribes of Southern California, the plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case, the wealth they have achieved through gambling casinos was unimaginable twenty years ago.

California's "Lost" Tribes explores the conflicts over Indian gaming and places them in the context of both California and Native American history. The film examines the historical underpinnings of tribal sovereignty and the evolution of tribal gaming rights over the last 30 years. It illustrates the impact of gaming on Indian self-determination, and the challenges that
Native people face in insuring that their newly found prosperity will be there for future generations. The film also provides insight into the thinking and motivation of those who oppose the expansion of Indian gaming. Producer/ Director: Jed Riffe; Co-Producer: Jack Kohler.  www.californiadreamseries.org      


MEDIA-ASSISTED PERFORMANCE
Friday, April 14, 8 pm, $10-15
Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco.  
A unique evening of site-specific dance videos, performance installation, and experimental multi-media performance by some of the Bay Area’s most innovative creators. Res/Info: info@counterpulse.org or (415) 435-7552.  Co-sponsored by NACC.

EMERGING PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 15, 8 pm $10-15
Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco.  
CounterPULSE brings together choreographers, musicians, spoken word and performance artists for this mixed genre showcase of exciting, experimental, emerging performers. Res/Info: info@counterpulse.org or (415) 435-7552. Co-sponsored by NACC.

SAVE THE PEAKS BENEFIT: Black Fire, One Struggle, Aztlan Underground, and  Aththesis
4/16/2006, 6pm – 11pm
Women's Building, 3543 18th St.
Save the Peaks benefit show. The Arizona Snowbowl ski resort, located on the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona, is attempting to expand its development by clear-cutting 74 acres of wilderness. Over thirteen Native American Nations hold The Peaks sacred, and they are home to threatened species. The case will be heard at the 9th circuit level in San Francisco. The benefit show will raise travel funds for elders and traditional community members who do not have the means to travel to San Francisco during the critical time of the court hearing. Please support the effort in preserving Indigenous cultural survival!  Special performances by: ANTITHESIS, BLACKFIRE, AZTLAN UNDERGROUND and ONE STRUGGLE!  $12-15 student discount w/ID.  www.savethepeaks.org, www.myspace.com/antithesiscrew, www.myspace.com/onestruggleband .


AMAZON LEADERS DISCUSS CHEVRON
April 19, 2006, 12:30pm
Brownbag lunch in the Presidio, SF, International Forum on Globalization’s Conference Room (IFG) Building # 1009, 2nd Floor.
Amazonian leaders from Ecuador-- Ermergildo Criollo, Cofan leader, and Rita Maldonado, Guanta community member-- share their experiences about Chevron’s history of development on their land and discuss how the industry continues to imperil their community’s health and survival. Also with Steven Donziger, attorney for the plaintiffs in their struggles to hold Chevron accountable for 30 years of toxic dumping in their homelands of the Amazon Rainforest. Hosted by IFG and Amazon Watch


CORONA HEIGHTS BIRDS
Friday, April 21
Charles Hibbard, Lewis Ellingham, Brian Fitch
Meet at 8 a.m. at front of Randall Museum at end of Museum Way off Roosevelt. We'll enjoy stunning views of the city and bay as we circle Corona Heights, checking the east canyon woodland and the north forest for residents and migrants, as well as monitor the hilltop scrub and south cliff. For more information, contact Margaret Goodale, 415.554.9500, ext. 16, mgoodale@randallmuseum.org .

RAS K'DEE and ONE STRUGGLE
Friday, April 21, 9pm to 1 am.
El Rincon nightclub, 2700 16th Street @ Harrison.  18+  with ID

KNOW ONE @ The Sunset House
Friday, April 21, 2006, 8 pm
The Sunset House, 1262 20th Ave
Indigenous Records artist KnowOne at a House Party with some of the best peeps in the city. they got a garage, a PA, fresh cacao, and other performers including The Living Alliance of Love (some of the deepest conscious, shamanic hiphop around). Come out and get down!  KnowOne (Los Angeles) SpiritRave, Indigenous Records, World Essence-- Mixing original breaks, glitch-hop and world beats. Living Alliance of Love (Bay Area) Live HipHop .www.indigenousrecords.net


Mayab Bejlae: Yucatan Today Conference:
“Language, Education, Health, Migration and Indigeneity”
April 21-23, 2006
Over 900,000 Yucatec Maya speakers live in Yucatan, Mexico and abroad. In the San Francisco Bay Area alone more than 20,000 Yucatecos live, work and go to school.  Associacion Mayab, the UC Berkeley Yucatec Maya Language Working Group, The Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers, City College of San Francisco, and NACC invite you to participate in an academic conference, community roundtable workshop and cultural festival.  The event will culminate with a Yucatec Vaquería of folkloric Jarana dancing, Yucateco food and DJ music co-sponsored by NACC.

Friday April 21, Gifford Room, Dept. of Anthropology, UC Berkeley.
Session I. 10am-12pm      “The meanings of ‘Maya’ and questions of indigeneity.” Juan Castillo Cocom, Ph.D.
Session II. 2pm-4pm         “Health, Language, and Development in Rural Yucatan”  Professor Miguel Güemez Pineda.

Saturday April 22, Gifford Room, Dept. of Anthropology, UC Berkeley.
Session III. 10am-12pm  “Mayan Children’s Education” Professor Graciela Cortes Camarillo and Gisela Leo Peraza.
Session IV. 2pm-4pm      “Language as Political Artefact” Michal Brody, Ph.D.
Session V. 4:30-6:30pm  “Education and Migration” Professor Anne Whiteside, City College of San Francisco.

Sunday April 23, Academic Roundtable 1pm-3pm; Community Roundtable Workshop. 4-6pm. Vaquería: dance and dinner 7pm-10pm. These sessions will be held at the Mission Presbyterian Church at the Corner of 23rd and Capp St., San Francisco.

TRIBAL STYLE:  FatChanceBellyDance
Friday April 21, 6:30pm-7:30pm
FatChanceBellyDance Studio, 670 South Van Ness Ave (18th)
Learn the fundamentals of this elegant dance form from the Bay Area's premier Tribal Dance Troupe. Repeats Saturday April 29. National Dance Week event (free).  415 431 4322


CALIFORNIA INDIAN STORYTELLING
Saturday, April 22, 1 - 4 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. 
Join the California Indian Storytelling Association (CISA) for an afternoon of storytelling by members of two different California Indian tribes. Anne Marie Sayers (Ohlone), Alex Ramirez (Ohlone), and Gregg Castro (Salinan) will share a variety of stories, both traditional and contemporary, that mirror their life experiences, history, and relationship to the land. Free with museum admission. (415) 321-8000.  Co-sponsored by NACC.


BAYVIEW HILL TOUR
April 22, Saturday, 10 am to Noon Co-sponsored by SF RPD Natural Areas Program
Enjoy an inspiring walk through the wildflower-studded grasslands of San Francisco's best-kept secret, Bayview Hill. Sheltered from summer fog, this hilltop is the last refuge for many species, including San Francisco collinsia (Collinsia multicolor), that have otherwise been extirpated from San Francisco. Bayview Hill offers spectacular views, grand wildflower displays, and beautiful rock outcrops. Leaders: Jon Campo & Margo Bors. Meet at the end of Key Avenue, two blocks east of Third Street. (Jon 415-753-7267 - jon.campo@sfgov.org). Co-sponsored by SF RPD Natural Areas Program


CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO: FIRST-EVER JUNIOR KING AND QUEEN/PRINCE AND PRINCESS COMPETITION
Saturday, April 22
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA), 2868 Mission Street, SF
Calling all kids for the first-ever Carnaval San Francisco Junior King and Queen/Prince and Princess Competition. Youth winners will help lead Grand Parade and serve as junior Ambassadors of Carnaval San Francisco's 2006 season, themed 'Land of Childhood Dreams.'
Entertainment and competition, $5-10 audience.  More info and entry details: http://www.carnavalsf.com.  Co-sponsored by NACC.

EARTH DAY Digital Be-In
April 22, 5pm to 4 am.
SOMARTS Gallery, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
The 14th edition of the Digital Be-In is a combination symposium, exhibition, rally, DJ showcase, and multimedia entertainment extravaganza that celebrates the further evolution of the digital revolution. This year’s Be-In theme is “Planet Code” and calls upon the high technology community to empower the sustainability movement with bold, forward-thinking initiatives. This year's event will see the launch of the new music and media company Cyberset, the trail-blazing magazine Evolver, the Bay Area eco-city project Califia, and many others.  Tix $20 adv, $25 at the door. Participating organizations include: the Earth Day Network, the Environmental Non-Profit Network, the San Francisco Alliance for Urban Sustainability, Women's Global Green Action Network, California Institute of Integral Studies, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Tribe.net, & many others.  Co-sponsored by NACC.

The JOY OF DEVOTIONAL CHANTING
A Daylong Singing Intensive
Sat, April 22, 10-5pm, $135/125
Share sacred chants from contemplative, shamanic, and ecstatic traditions: East Indian ragas, Bhakti chants, Tibetan and Sufi songs and indigenous incantations from Africa, Brazil, and the Amazon. Correct method for breath, voice and leading chants will be taught. Journey through the transformative power of sound with Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT.   Pre-register by April 14th. Info/Reg: CIIS Public Programs (415) 575-6175.  Co-sponsored by NACC.

AQUATIC PARK BIRDING
Sunday, April 23
SF Maritime National Historic Park Ranger Carol Kiser, 415.561.7100 or 561.7104
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at foot of Hyde Street Pier [Hyde and Jefferson] for this two-hour beginners' walk to discover birds in the urban environment. Dress in layers. Trip is wheelchair accessible.

SAN FRANCISCO BIRDS at Merrie Way
Sunday, April 23
Harry Fuller, 415.344.2363, anzatowhee@yahoo.com, www.towhee.net
Meet at 8 a.m. at Merrie Way, the unpaved parking lot at west end of Pt. Lobos above Cliff House at Land's End.    This is last chance to see wintering species like Golden-crowned Sparrows in bright breeding plumage. Local Red-tailed Hawks should be on their nests; many smaller birds setting up nesting territories; Surfbirds in breeding plumage prior to migration. Follow the birds and seasons at one of San Francisco's most beautiful spots. Reservations required; contact leader to reserve. Email leader for transit (Muni) info if needed.

DANCERS' GROUP
Sunday, April 23, Showings at 2pm & 3:30pm.
CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St (9th St)
Please join us for a showing of work by dance companies: Funsch Dance Experience, Hudson Dance, Kate Mitchell & Dancers, Peruvian Dance Company, RAWdance, Right Brain Performancelab, Ross Dance Company, SF Butoh Lab, SHIFT>>>Physical Theater, and Tango Con Fusion. National Dance Week event (free).  415 920 9181. Co-sponsored by NACC.

LA SOLEA DANCE CAFE
Sunday, April 23, 11am-4pm
3376 19th St (Capp), San Francisco
Try a sampling of dance classes for free. Types include indigenous Hula, Tango, and more! National Dance Week event (free).  415 643 6989. Co-sponsored by NACC.


TEMPLE OF POI:  FIRE DANCING
Monday, April 24, 6:15pm-7:45pm
Temple of Poi, 953 Mission St, suite 11 (5th St)
Fire dancing is an ancient indigenous form of movement that has attained new focus in modern times. Explore the flow of energy between your body and poi fire dancing tools in this introductory workshop for beginning fire dancers. Additional events on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  National Dance Week events (free).  415 543 4911

ABADA-CAPOEIRA
Monday, April 24, 8:00pm-9:00pm
SF/Brazilian Arts Center, 3221 22nd St (Mission)
ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco invites you to join master percussionist Gamo da Paz for a class on traditional Afro-Brazilian drumming. A native of Salvador, Gamo has performed internationally with groups such as Viva Bahia, Oba Oba, and Bale Folklorico da Bahia.  Afro-Brazilian Percussion.  Additional event on Saturday April 29.  National Dance Week event (free).  415 206 0650. Co-sponsored by NACC.


OMULU CAPOEIRA
Tuesday, April 25,
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St (25th)
This Chapter of OMULU CAPOEIRA holds regular classes Tuesdays and Thursdays. The purpose is to provide students with a fun yet challenging class. Youth class from 4:30 to 6pm. Adult class from 6 to 8pm. Classes are taught by instructor Menudo and Mestre Carlos Aceituno. 510 286 7999. Repeats Saturday April 29.  Free. Co-sponsored by NACC.


FOGO NA ROUPA
Tuesday, April 25, 8:00pm-9:45pm
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St (25th)
An exploration of movement based on the combination of traditional religious and secular Brasilian dance elements with other contemporary dance forms. Taught by Brasilian dance instructor Carlos Aceituno. National Dance Week event (free).  BRASILEOSCOPE, 510 464 5999. Repeats Saturday April 29. 


AERIAL DANCE MASTERCLASS
April 26, Wednesday  7:30-9pm
Zaccho Dance Studio, 1777 Yosemite Ave, #330 (Third Street) Bayview
Aerial dance is an ancient form of ceremonial movement practiced by many tribes on the West Coast (bird dancers), in the Plains (sun dancers), and in Central and South America (voladores, etc.).  Join modern artists from Flyaway Productions for an all levels masterclass on suspended and swinging apparatus.  333-8302. Co-sponsored by NACC.


RECLAIMING BAY AREA MILITARY BASES
April 26, Wednesday
Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco.  
Featuring speakers addressing restoration and remaking the Presidio, community activists fighting over the future of Hunters' Point, and restoration and permaculture activists from the Alameda Naval Air Station. Of importance to indigenous activists:  what role will indigenous people play in the reclamation of these lands, most of which were of primary importance and stolen by 19th century profiteers and militarists?  Speakers: Doug Kern (Presidio), Kat Steele (Urban Permaculture Guild, Alameda), Arthur Feinstein (Alameda), and others TBA.  Sponsored by Counterpulse, City Lights.  Info: 415.626.2060. Co-sponsored by NACC.

MICHAEL POLLAN In conversation
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street.
Science writer Michael Pollan combines keen insights with extensive topical research in his award-winning books.  Formerly the Executive Editor of Harper’s magazine, Pollan is the author of Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World.  Examining the potato (indigenous to Americas), cannabis, tulip, and apple, Pollan studies the relationship between people and the natural world through the history of four plants.  With the deftness of a master storyteller and exactness of a man of science, Pollan weaves history, personal anecdotes, folk tales, classical mythology, and botany to question if plants use humans the same way humans use plants.  His newest book is The Omnivores Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.  


NACC SPOKEN WORD SERIES
April 27th, Thursday 3pm
Richard Oakes Center on the San Francisco State University campus. 
The Native American Cultural Center will be hosting its regular spoken word event. This month’s theme will be on Immigration.  Gail Mitchell, Kim Shuck, Gabriel Duncan, and a special surprise guest will be performing.  Bring your words!


NACC BENEFIT FOR FRIENDSHIP HOUSE
April 28th, Friday, 7-10 pm
Intertribal Friendship House
The Native American Cultural Center will hosting "De-Colonizing Borders: TODOS SOMOS INDIOS, TODOS SOMOS IMMIGRANTES."  This event is a benefit for the Intertribal
Friendship House, which is having financial troubles.  Kim Shuck, Joe Navarro, Somos One of the Brown Buffalo Project, Gabriel Duncan, and more performers to be announced.  This is an all ages show. There will be an open mic.  Cover charge is $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Come out and support our artists as well as our community organizations.  Call NACC for directions to the venue and updates:  415-641-9466.

PERUVIAN DANCE COMPANY
Friday, April 28, 6-8 pm
PEÑA PACHAMAMA, 1630 Powell St (Union), San Francisco
The Director and Principal Dancers of Peruvian Dance Company will develop a special workshop to show the different styles and genres of the Peruvian Dance, followed by a small, full-costume demonstration. National Dance Week event (free).  415 261 2291

METRO GROOVES: Beginning Dance Lessons with Molly Underhill
Friday, April 28, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Metronome Dance Center, 1830 17th St (De Haro)
Using a variety of music, from R&B, Brazilian, and Hip Hop to Latin American, Alternative Rock and Jazz, instructor Molly Underhill combines African, Brazilian and Haitian dance forms with Hip Hop and Jazz methods *Please call & register in advance for this event. leandra@metronomeballroom.com, 415 252 9000. National Dance Week event (free). 

SF MOVEMENT:  CHILDREN’S DANCE
April 29, Saturday: 
Children ages 3-4:  9:30-10am,
Children ages 5-7:  10:30-11am,
Children ages 6-9:  11:30-Noon
San Francisco Movement Studio, 333 Valencia St (14th)
Dance, tumbling and romping to the rhymed verse and live music, we “move” through native elements, meeting Giants, Bears, Elves, Birds, Mountains, Rivers, Streams and Storms along the way.  The last class features Folk Dance For Children:  lively traditional American play games and folk dances done in a circle or lines, such as Green Gravel, Here Comes Sally!, and Floating Down the River. For boys and girls. 415 218 7088.  National Dance Week event (free).


WILDFLOWERS OF INSPIRATION POINT
& the Future of a Watershed
April 29, Saturday, 10 am.
Enjoy the spectacular spring blooms of Inspiration Point, and learn about plans for the future of the Presidio's Tennessee Hollow watershed. Inspiration Point is home to one of the area's last remaining serpentine grasslands, which supports a high number of rare and endemic plant species, including the endangered Presidio clarkia (Clarkia franciscana). These grassy hills sit atop the Presidio's Tennessee Hollow watershed, which flows to the Crissy Field tidal marsh. As we enjoy the wildflowers, we will also touch upon the cultural history of the area and how it has shaped the current landscape of the watershed. The walk will end at El Polin Spring with a look to the future of Tennessee Hollow and plans for its restoration. We will meet at the Inspiration Point Overlook parking area near the Presidio's Arguello Gate. Leaders: Michael Chasse, Barbara Corff, Allison Stone.  (Michael Chasse 415-668-2052)

CORONA HEIGHTS WILDFLOWER WALK
& Habitat Restoration
April 29, Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm
Meet on the back patio of the Randall Museum (199 Museum Way )
Come join us for a wildflower walk at Corona Heights and restoration work party.  “Red Rock” as it has been popularly known since indigenous times is one of San Francisco's most popular spots offering spectacular views, grand wildflower displays and amazing rock outcrops. These rocks hosted the birthing ceremony rituals of our local tribe, the Ohlone.  We will work on the hill from 10am-12pm , take a snack break, and then enjoy a guided wildflower walk. For more information call Jon Campo at 753-7267. Co-sponsored by SF RPD Natural Areas Program and San Francisco Tomorrow.  Leaders - Jon Campo and Jake Sigg

VERY BERRY DELIGHTS
Sunday, April 30; 10 am to 12 pm
Crissy Field Center, Presidio Park
Although strawberries are native to Crissy Field, odds are the birds will beat you to 'em! But you can join Chef Sarah Klein to transform locally grown organic strawberries into some of your favorite dishes, including strawberry jam, strawberry shortcake, and double-dipped chocolate strawberries. Learn about the origins of this beautiful berry, and get the low-down on the best local farms where they are sold. Call 415-561-7752 to pre-register.  Ages: Youth ages 8 to 11
Fee: $20 per person

MOUNT SUTRO TOUR
April 30, Sunday 10am to 12:30 pm
UC San Francisco and Shelterbelt Builders have installed a very successful native plant garden on Mt. Sutro's summit. Now CNPS and UCSF are involving the community by developing a stewardship program for this garden and for the eucalyptus understory. Several years ago an inventory of the native plants on the site found 54 indigenous species - an astounding number, considering the nearly century old tree plantation with its profound impacts on the plant and animal community. The natives will not continue to survive without human help because the shading and fog drip have also created the right conditions for invasives. When the native plants disappear most of the native animals will disappear also, resulting in a biologically impoverished wasteland. Ironically, the eucalyptus will also no longer be able to regenerate in these conditions.
We want the community to become acquainted with this precious natural resource, to understand what is happening to it, and to solicit ideas for its preservation. Meet at Parnassus and Medical Center Way, served by the #6, #43, and #66 lines, and one block from the N Judah streetcar. Co-sponsored by San Francisco Tomorrow. Leader: Mark Heath (Mark 415-235-0987 - heathman@jubata.com)

FAMILY DAY
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros Festival
Sunday, April 30, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Dolores Park, Dolores @ 20th Streets, San Francisco, FREE
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros is an annual celebration of children and books. This year, the Mexican Museum offers an activity with the artist Rubén Guzmán: "The Codex: The Oldest Book in Latin America." We will make modern versions of a codex, a type of illustrated book made by the ancient indigenous cultures of Latin America. Inspired by the original codexes, we will use natural amate paper to create small books that children and families can decorate to illustrate their own lives and experiences. All ages are welcome!

Join us at this fun event and enjoy multicultural music, dance, storytelling and a book giveaway. In case of rain, the event will be held at San Francisco Bahá’í Center, 170 Valencia Street at Duboce. Call (415) 202-9700 ext. 721 for more information.  Family Day is sponsored by Union Bank of California.


NAKED MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE
April 30, Sunday, 2 - 4 pm $15-25
Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco
Indigenous people have been dancing naked and in harmony with nature for thousands of years;  now it is time to reclaim this important artistic expression. Dance naked to challenge body image judgment. An atmosphere of comprehensive modern technical training: grounding, flow, articulation, alignment, awareness and embodiment that can be often hidden by clothes. Inappropriate staring, comments, touching or advances will not be tolerated. Bodies of all sizes, shapes, ages, shades and physical abilities/disabilities are invited. Info: www.dandeliondancetheater.org.  With Eric Kupers.  Co-sponsored by NACC.


CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT GARDEN TOUR
May 4, Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Every year we try to arrange for one of our programs to be an after-hours stroll and picnic in San Francisco Botanical Garden's award-winning Arthur Menzies Garden of California Native Plants. This year's visit is scheduled for the height of the spring blooming season, and is led by three of the Garden's expert luminaries. Terry Seefeld has been the Menzies Garden gardener for a decade, and has developed a special love and knowledge for cultivating and caring for this gem. San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) Society's Plant Collections Manager, Tony Morosco, is the person responsible for managing and coordinating the Garden's plant collections. Jake Sigg spent 16 years of his city gardener career as caretaker and supervisor of the Menzies Garden.  Bring your bag supper and enjoy a communal dinner in the garden, around the stone circle, amid the wildflower meadow and the evening wildlife. Enjoy guided walks from our experts, and take advantage of the opportunity to ask them questions. Beverages and sweets will be provided. Meet in the parking lot behind the County Fair Building before 5:30 pm. Please be on time, as we may have to lock the gate behind us. Be sure to bring your own supper!

31st ANNUAL SFSU POWWOW !!
Honoring Mother Earth • Protecting Our Lands & Traditions
Saturday, May 6, 2006, Grand Entry: 12 noon
SFSU Main Gym
Head Man: Steven Middlerider.  Head Woman: Dauwila Harrison. Arena Director: Earl Neconie
MC: Dennis Carr. Head Girl: Amy Aguayo.   Head Boy: RunningBear Carr. Head Northern Drum: All Nations Singers (Oakland, CA). Head Southern Drum: Southern Express (Sacramento, CA).  Contest Powwow: Open Book/ Winner Takes All! This is a • GREEN POWWOW •
Sponsored by he Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations (SKINS). Co sponsored by American Indian Studies, the Native American Cultural Center (NACC), and Associated Student Inc.  For more information: (415) 338-1929 skins_1stnations@yahoo.com


FEATHERY FRIENDS of Crissy Field
Saturday, May 6; 10 am to 12 pm
Crissy Field Center, Presidio Park
Join Alan Hopkins, local bird expert and 2004 Crissy Field Center Community Hero, for an easy 2-mile walk that's really for the birds. Learn identification techniques and migration patterns, and hear how hundreds of birds not seen at Crissy Field for decades returned in large numbers after its landmark restoration. Call 415-561-7752 to preregister.
Ages: Families with children ages 6 to 12
Fee: $8 per person

BIRDING FOR EVERYONE
San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
Saturday, May 6, 10-am- noon,
Meet at 10 a.m. at the kiosk/bookstore at front gate of Botanical Garden, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way. Trip ends at noon. Families welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cosponsored with Botanical Garden and San Francisco Nature Education. Angie Geiger and Nancy DeStefanis; Darin Dawson.  415.387.9160; www.sfnature.org

BIRDING AT THE SF BOTANICAL GARDEN 
Sunday, May 7, 8am-noon
Allan Ridley and Helen McKenna, 415.566.3241; Ginny Marshall, 650.349.3780    
For this half-day trip, meet at 8 a.m. at front gate of Botanical Garden, Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way. The garden has several micro-habitats—including its beautiful Native Plant garden –  that attract an array of resident, migrant, and vagrant birds.

SF BIRDS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Friday May 12th 7 -8 p.m. Free.
Crissy Field Center, Presidio Park
San Francisco is known for its hills, cable cars, great restaurants and the Golden Gate Bridge and for some, it is also a great place to see birds. More than 400 species have been recorded within the county and 250 species were seen in 2005 alone. Lying along the Pacific Flyway, the City is visited by birds as they make their migratory journeys from as far away as Tera Del Fuego in South America to above North America’s Arctic Circle. Throw in a few naturalize species from Eurasia and a few parrots from South America and it is clear that San Francisco’s avian population is as cosmopolitan as its human population. Join Alan Hopkins as he gives an overview of our City’s wonderful birds. He will describe where and when to look for them and how San Francisco’s native and non-native habitats play role in the lives of the birds who live here.  Call 415-561-7752 to preregister.

KIDS' BATIZADO CEREMONY
Saturday, May 13th, 2:00pm. Brazilian Arts Center, 3221 22nd St. @Mission, San Francisco.
The Kids' Batizado brings together kids from all ABADÁ's youth programs, and features performances by the ACSF Performance Troupe and Special Guests from Brazil!  Participant registration by May 1, 2006.  $5-15.

MOTHER’S DAY NATIVE PLANT GARDEN TOUR
Sunday, May 14, 10 to 2 - San Francisco
Free, self-guided tour
"Designer gardens" for native plants? A habitat park that grew out of a backyard? A native plant nursery with a well-labeled demonstration garden? You'll find all these and more, on our second annual San Francisco Native Plant Garden Tour.  You will see how different contexts - high vs. low, cool-foggy vs. warm-sunny, chert vs. sandstone - influence which flowers bloom on Mother's Day. You will be able to choose the kinds of gardens that interest you ‚ those combining, for instance, natives with non-natives or gardens planned to attract wildlife with thickets for hiding and trees for nesting. Site hosts and volunteers will offer handouts including plant lists, tips on gardening with natives, and descriptions of the latest California native plant books. Since this tour is still being expanded, the garden list will flower out during the next few months, with new gardens, neighborhoods and transportation links noted.  With questions, suggestions for additional sites, or volunteer opportunities, contact Jeanne Halpern at jeannehalpern@hotmail.com or 415-841-1254. (Registration not required.)

SF International Arts Festival:
Gala & Reception, featuring YUYACHKANI
Thursday, May 18th, 7:00 – 11:30pm
Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida St., SF
7:00pm Opening Night Performance by world renowned Peruvian theatre company: Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani performance of Santiago. Co-sponsored by NACC.
8:30pm – 11:30pm Artists’ Welcome & Gala Reception
Performances by: Yaelisa y los Caminos Flamencos, Loco Bloco, Los Compas, Latin Lounge sounds from the Norcal DJ Academy. Electric performances, silent auction, delicious La Certeza mojitos, Idôl cantaloupe martinis, and hors d’oeuvres at this very San Francisco evening.
$100 Premium Reserved Seating for Yuyachkani and Reception Gala
$70 Advanced General Admission ($75 at door) for Yuyachkani and Reception Gala
$50 Reception Gala only (admission at 8:30pm)
For tickets, call: BRAVA Theater Center 415-647-2822
For information on SFIAF ’06, visit our website: www.sfiaf.org.


SPIRIT OF BRAZIL:  Danças dos Guerreiros (Dances of the Warriors)
Friday May 19th, 9:30pm
Saturday May 20th, 7:00pm
Sunday May 21st, 4:30pm
Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco (between 17th/18th)
Spirit of Brazil: Danças dos Guerreiros (Dances of the Warriors) will present the traditional Brazilian genres of Capoeira, Maculelê, and Jongo. These three dance and music forms share a common history in Indigenous/African slave plantations.  Presented in conjunction with the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Tix available through the San Francisco International Arts Festival or Brava Theater 415-647-2822.


CARLOS CARTEGENA Reception: deYoung Museum
May 26, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the completion of Carlos Cartagena’s How to Make Your Own Music Box. Building on his own music box project, exhibited at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam in Havana, Cuba, Cartagena invites museum visitors to create their own music boxes during the month of May.  CASCADA DE FLORES performing Cuban and Mexican music strongly root in folk and indigenous traditions, in Wilsey Court.  Hands-on art-making project for people of all ages. Docent tours.  Co-sponsored by NACC.


CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO
Festival:  Saturday, May 27, 2006, begins at 10am.
Parade and Festival:  Sunday, May 28, begins at 10am.
Indigenous people have been an honored part of this classic San Francisco festival since the very beginning.  In the past few years, NACC’s Earth Dance Theater has performed.  Come out to enjoy the food, dance, music, arts, and of course the parade!  Co-sponsored by NACC.

A DAY IN THE LONG LIFE OF THE BAY
Saturday; May 27; 10 am to 12 pm
Crissy Field Center, Presidio Park
San Francisco Bay sustained wildlife and people for centuries. Follow Rangers Cidney Webster and Craig Glassner on a journey through time, and discover what the bay looked like hundreds of years ago. You'll also hear what happened to this thriving estuary as more and more people came to San Francisco. Down at the pier, you'll investigate current bay residents--among them, crabs, fish, and seals--and learn how people are working hard to make the bay a healthy place for them to live. Ages:  Families with children ages 8 and up.  Fee: $5 per person. Call 415-561-7752 to preregister.

NAKED MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE
May 28, Sunday, 2 - 4 pm $15-25
Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco
Indigenous people have been dancing naked and in harmony with nature for thousands of years;  now it is time to reclaim this important artistic expression. Dance naked to challenge body image judgment. An atmosphere of comprehensive modern technical training: grounding, flow, articulation, alignment, awareness and embodiment that can be often hidden by clothes. Inappropriate staring, comments, touching or advances will not be tolerated. Bodies of all sizes, shapes, ages, shades and physical abilities/disabilities are invited. Info: www.dandeliondancetheater.org.  With Eric Kupers.

CAN SAN FRAN FEED ITSELF?
May 31
Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco.  
Can urban food production be compatible with urban native habitat conservation and restoration? What are the limits and advantages of systematic effort to grow food within the city? What should our relationship be to local gardening, regional Community-Supported Agriculture, and Slow Food? And what lessons can be learned from the original Ohlone inhabitants, who created one of the most successful sustainable ecologies in the Americas, right here in San Francisco, and maintained it for over four thousand years?  A feast of edible weeds will be provided by our local gardeners and food activists. Speakers: Margit Roos-Collins (author, Flavors of Home), Brahm Ahmadi (People's Grocery), Antonio Alcala (Alemany garden), Lane Cunningham (local forager extraordinaire), Raquel Rivera-Pinderhughes (author, Alternative Urban Futures).  Sponsored by Counterpulse, City Lights.  1310 Mission Street (at 9th), San Francisco.  Info: 415.626.2060

UKULELE CLASSES
3 consecutive Saturdays: June 6th, 13th, and 20th. (10:30am to 12:00 noon.)
Kaleo Café, 1340 Irving Street, San Francisco, (between 14th & 15th Ave.)
Interested in learning to play the ukulele? Now forming classes designed especially for beginners and novices. The ukulele is an indigenous instrument that has been popularized and transformed in modern times.  You'll learn uke basics and basic music theory. We'll have you strummin' in no time! To sign up and/or for more Information call, 415-753-2460.  Co-sponsored by NACC.

THE NAKED BODY IN PERFORMANCE
June 9th & 10th, Friday and Saturday
Jon Sims Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Curated shows of performing artists working with nudity.  Also June 15th - 17th, Electric Lodge, in Los Angeles.  Dandelion Dancetheater.

JOHN McPHEE In conversation
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard Street. 
John McPhee is one of the most versatile journalists in America.  His work on the construction of bark canoes (The Survival of the Bark Canoe) is a classic for indigenous tribes with canoe cultures.  Other acclaimed books by John McPhee include Coming into the Country, which is considered by many to be the definitive book on Alaska, and The Control of Nature, an ambitious exploration of man’s battle to tame mudslides and lava flows.  He is also the author of Annals of the Former World, a study of the geological development of North America and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1999.  John McPhee currently teaches at his alma mater, Princeton University.



SAN FRANCISCO ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL
June 17 - 18 2006  San Francisco, CA
Halau 'O Keikiali'i has been invited back to perform in this year's 28th annual festival, held at the Palace of Fine Arts.  www.worldartswest.org

“SHAKE THE FEATHERS"  GATHERING OF TWO-SPIRIT NATIONS
June 23, Friday,  11am to 7 pm.
Friendship House Great Hall, 56 Julien Ave., (between 14th & 15th Streets) SF
"Shake The Feathers" is an Indigenous Two-Spirit/LGBTQ wellness gathering sponsored by the Native American Health Center - Native Circle CAB.  The primary objective is to provide a safe place for our community to come together, and provide a place for healing exchanges and celebrate Pride.  There will be opportunities for sharing of talent and creativity, as well as a raffle—with the grand prize a Pendleton Blanket. Contact: Aurora Mamea (auroram@nativehealth.org) at 415-621-4371 ext. 598 or Johnson Livingston (blanchedupree3@yahoo.com) for registration/information.
11AM - 2PM,  Cultural Wellness:  Prayer, Ice Breakers, Talking Circle, Traditional Give Away, Cultural Presentations on Two Spirit Wellness - Speaker TBA
2PM - 4PM, Community Luncheon  
4PM -7PM,  Indigenous Suaret: Drag Show, Fashion Show & Talent Show
Special Guest Comedien - Charlie Ballard - Anishnabe


SHAMANIC JOURNEYING AND HEALING
Saturday, June 24, 10am-5:30pm, Sunday, June 25  9:30am-5pm
Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco
Fee: $250
An international authority on shamanism, anthropologist Michael Harner introduces participants to core shamanism—the near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter a non-ordinary reality for problem solving, well-being, and healing. During this experiential workshop, participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities. With Sandra Harner on the effects of shamanic drumming and journeying on health. Registration, CIIS: 575.6175.




ONGOING

DANCE MEDICINE
Sundays, 11am to 1 pm
CIIS Public Programs, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco
Join us as we reconnect with the aliveness that dances at the core of all living beings and activate our life energy, creativity, joy, awareness, and self-healing forces. By allowing our bodies to lead the way, we explore new possibilities and new ways to truly be ourselves. We practice dance, art, life, and healing as one unified experience, and approach everything with curiosity and presence, discovering that beyond our physical body, emotions, and thoughts lies a field of infinite creative potential. Through dance we remember ourselves and tap into our innate “dance medicine,” letting the dance move us. The workshop begins with a guided warm-up practice to help connect the body and the dance and is followed by an exploration of our own dance—where we move until we are the dance.  Eva Vigran, 415.575.6175.

THE BUTTERFLY ZONE: Plants and Pollinators
March 24 - October 29, 2006
Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park
Hundreds of live butterflies take up residence in the Conservatory of Flowers this spring and summer to demonstrate the relationship between plants and the countless critters that pollinate them. Our new exhibition "The Butterfly Zone: Plants and Pollinators" gives you a chance to get eye to eye with a butterfly and to learn why our survival really does depend on the birds and the bees. Admission fee.

MISSION TRAIL MURAL WALKS
Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm
Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center, 2981 24th Street near Harrison
Cost: $12 Adults, $8 college students w/ID, $5 Seniors, and $2 (under 18 years)
See the internationally famous murals of San Francisco's Historic Mission District, many with indigenous themes and images, in the company of a professional muralist! All tours are given by experienced muralists and are preceded by a brief slide show on the history and process of mural art. Participants view over 75 murals in an 6-block walk! The tour is approximately two hours. No reservations needed; special arrangements for large groups by appointment.

PROPAGATION BY CUTTINGS
Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2006
Madroño, 1270 Pennsylvania St., San Francisco
Most California native plants can be easily cloned. This workshop covers the basics of propagation by cuttings: young shoots pruned from a mother plant are induced to grow roots and become new plants. $300.  Madroño at 415.462.0489 or email info@madrono.org.
Run in conjunction with Bay Natives nursery.


NATIVE AMERICAN HEALTH CENTER:  Youth Services
Traditional Arts
The goal of this program is to develop self-confidence and cultural pride through artistic self-expression and creative activities. The program integrates both traditional and contemporary Native American art forms as well as other diverse styles, challenging youth to use their creativity and imagination.  For more information about Youth Services please contact: Crystal Salas-Patten, Youth Services Program Coordinator, NAHC, 510/535-4400  CrystalS@nativehealth.org


NATIVE AMERICAN HEALTH CENTER: Family & Child Guidance Clinic

The Family & Child Clinic has developed a model program that combines counseling with traditional healing practices for Native American families. Our program is based on traditional American Indian values and is an innovative model for integrated health services developed by Native American Health Center. Treatment and prevention efforts are geared toward restoring balance and well-being for the individual.  San Francisco Clinic Services include:
•          Art Therapy
•          Men’s & Women’s Groups
•          Community Outreach
•          Youth Services
•          Child & Adolescent Counseling
•          Native American Traditional Counseling
For appointments, call the Family & Child Guidance Clinic in San Francisco at 415-621-4371




NEARBY
Here is a listing of indigenous-related events in the Bay Area:

EXHIBITION
“Discovery, Devastation, Survival: California Indians and the Gold Rush”
Through April 22.
Hayward Area Historical Society Museum, 22701 Main Street, Hayward,


LANGUAGE IS LIFE; Conference for California Indian Languages
Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
March 24-26, 2006
Marin Headlands Institute, Sausalito, CA
You are invited to join with other California Indians trying to learn or re-learn, teach, document, research, or otherwise invigorate their Native languages.  Members of Language Programs are urged to come and talk about your projects, share your successes and problems, and gather with other Native people who believe that language renewal is the cornerstone to cultural survival.

This years conference will address:
  Language program updates
  Teaching methods workshop
  Intellectual property right
  Technology workshops
  Workshop on new writing systems
  Workshop on language revitalization at home
  Organizations working on language revitalization
  Language and cultural work with California Native prisoners

REGISTRATION & PRESENTATION APPLICATIONS:
Due March 1, 2006 and can found at www.aicls.org or email or call Marina at (707) 644-6575
or marina@napanet.net.  Please make reservations very early. Bring your own bedding and towels.Barrack-style accommodations only. Separate rooms for men and women. Limited number of family rooms.  Applications and forms at www.aicls.org

Spaghetti Dinner FUNDRAISER for Intertribal Friendship House
Wednesday, 4/5. 6:30 pm IFH, 523 International, Oakland.


Comedian Charlie Ballard
Wednesday, 4/5. 8:00 pm Englander Sports Bar and Pub, San Leandro.


Medicine Warriors/All Nations Dance Practice
Thursday, 4/06. 7:00 pm IFH, 523 International Blvd Oakland. Youth and families welcome.


Lee Brightman is Retiring from Contra Costa College.
Friday, 4/07. After Over 35 Years of Educating Our People and Being an Indian Leader, a Retirement Dinner at Mira Vista Country Club. RSVP with Janie Franklin, Contra Costa College 510.235-7800 ext.4309 jfranklin@contracosta.cc.ca.us

International Indigenous Photo Exhibit: Our People, Our Land, Our Images.
Friday-Sunday, 4/7-9.
Native Photographers from across the country will attend. The reception is Friday at 5 pm. CN Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall, UC Davis. Exhibit runs through June 23rd.

22nd Annual UC Berkeley Pow-wow
Saturday and Sunday, 4/8-9. 11:00 am., UC Berkeley Student Union, Pauley Ballroom, at Telegraph and Bancroft.

Film "Trudell" FUNDRAISER
Sunday, 4/9. donations 7:00 pm IFH 523 International Blvd., Oakland

NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE DAYS:  UC DAVIS
April 10-14, 2006

Monday, April 10
9am-4pm "Hands-on" UC Davis Native Youth Conference ARC Ballroom
Co-sponsored with Undergraduate Admissions & NE'UE

12n-1pm C.N Gorman Museum Reception Hart Hall
Honoring the international exhibit on Indigenous photographers, "Our People,
Our Land, Our Images"

3-4:30pm Natives Defending Nations: Activism Today ARC Ballroom
Guest Speaker: Mililani Trask, Native Hawaiian activist and Indigenous expert to
the United Nations on international and human rights law and issues of
sovereignty. Co-sponsored with APCW & NASGA

Tuesday, April 11

12n-1:30pm Honoring Two Spirit Nations: Stories of Resistance Gorman
Museum, Hart Hall
Guest Speakers: Randy Burns, Paiute activist, writer, 2005 Grand Marshall
SF Gay Pride Parade and NACC Board Member, Aurora Guerrero, Xicana Indigena film maker; "Pura Lengua" was an official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival
Maritza Alvarez, Xicana Indigena poet/artist; inspiration for "Pura Lengua"

Co-sponsored with LGBTRC, WRRr, NE'UE

6-10pm UC Davis Native American Community Dinner (by invitation only,
contact cestasulat@gmail.com) MU II, 2nd floor Presented by NAS and NACD Planning Committee with support from NASGA & Native American Alumni Association

Wednesday, April 12

6:30-10pm Red Fist: Native Films of Resistance: Native American Film
Festival , MUII, 2nd floor.   "Trudell": Follows the lifework of poet/activist John Trudell
"Pura Lengua": Based on true events, this film is a testimony of the violent circumstances that lead to the rise of a queer Xicana poet. Both films featured at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.  Refreshments provided. Co-sponsored with Campus Union Programs, NE'UE

Thursday, April 13

12n-1:30pm UC Davis Project to Honor the Patwin and Native Americans
C.N. Gorman Museum, Hart Hall.   A special panel presentation to honor the Patwin heritage of UCD Ines Hernandez Avila, Professor, NAS; Micki Eagle, President, SAID; Sheri Tasch, PhD, NAS; Sidney England, Director, Environmental Planner; Bill Wright,
Patwin, Cortina Indian Rancheria; Charlie Wright, Patwin, Cortina Indian Rancheria;
Juan A. Avila Hernandez, PhD Candidate, Dept. of History

7-10:30pm Day of Native Unity: Dance, Beats and Sounds
Coffee House.  A performing arts showcase featuring Native artists, musicians, hip hop,
dancers, and spoken word promoting consciousness and unity. Performers: Na Keiki O' Hawaii, In La'kech, Polynesian Connection Club, Culture of Rage, Cihuatonalli, One-Struggle, Aztlan Underground Co-sponsored with NE'UE & Campus Union Programs, CCC, LRCD.

Community Forum on Federal Cuts to Indian Health
Tuesday, 4/11. 6:00 pm St. Philips Church 5038 Hyland Ave San Jose.

Beading Class/Drumming Group
Tuesday, 4/11. 6:00 pm IFH, 523 International Blvd., Oakland

Bay Area Native American teams (BANA)
April 17, 9 pm
Basketball fans, these teams are up and running. Games at Emery High School 47th & San Pablo Ave in Emeryville, Women’s’ Schedule: 4/17 9:00 p.m. vs. All Net, Men's Schedule: Playoffs tba.


CALIFORNIA INDIAN BASKETWEAVERS ASSOCIATION GATHERING
June 24, Saturday
Soboba Reservation, San Jacinto, CA
Visit a stunning showcase of baskets created by California’s master basketweavers and their students during this past year.  Live demonstrations, panel discussions, presentations, and updates on critical issues affecting basketweavers.  Also:  fundraiser drawing—you might just be the lucky winner of a great basketry prize.  More info:  John Button <jbutton@ciba.org>
This Gathering is made possible through the generous support of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, the Ford Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture with additional support from tribes, foundations, agencies and individuals. Thank You! For more info on the Gathering, contact CIBA at (530) 668-1332, Gathering Coordinator at (916 632-9163) or visit www.ciba.org.




POW WOWS
Here is a listing for Pow Wows outside the Bay Area:

APRIL 8-9  22nd Annual UC BERKELEY POW WOW
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am., UC Berkeley Student Union, Pauley Ballroom, at Telegraph and Bancroft.

APRIL 15 SHERMAN INIDAN SCHOOL ANNUAL POW WOW, 9010 MAGNOLIA AVE, RIVERSIDE, CA 92503 PHONE 951.276.6326 EXDT 318

APRIL 13-15 CALIFORNIA INIDAN EDUCATION CONFERENCE AND POW WOW-
POW WOW HELD APRIL 15!!! AT THE RADISSON HOTEL, FRSNO, CA
FOR MORE INFO 559.252.8659 osacenter@yahoo.com

APRIL 21-23 ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY POW WOW, TEMPE, AZ
http://powwow.asu.edu e-mail letspowwow@asu.edu
contact lee williams 480.965.5224

APRIL 21-22 BALCK EAGLE POW WOW, SANTA ANA STAR CASINO, NEW MEXICO CONTACT 505.281.8876 sostoya.com

MAY 6-7 UCLA POW WOW, LOS ANGELES, CA 310.203.7511

MAY 13-14 18TH ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE DAYS, PARK BLVD AND PRESIDENTS WAY, BALBOA PARK, SAN DIEGO, CA
619.281.5964

MAY 13-14 SANTA MONICA INDIAN ART SHOW, SANTA MONICA CIVIC CENTER, SANTA MONICA, CA 310.822.9145 krmartindale@mac.com

MAY 19-21 25TH ANNUAL MEDICINE WAYS POW WOW, U. C. RIVERSIDE
RIVERSIDE, CA 951.827.4143 sisto@ucr.edu

JUN 2-4 RED EARTH POW WOW, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK @ COX CONVENTION CENTER 405.427.5228 info@redearth.org

JUN 9-11 6TH ANNUAL TABLE MOUNTAIN RANCHERIA CASINO POW WOW, FRIANT, CA 559.822.2890

JUN 10-11 23RD ANNUAL INDIAN FAIR @ SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN,
1350 EL PRADO, BALBOA PARK, SAN DIEGO, CA 619.239.2001
mail@museumofman.org

JUN 9-11 STANDING BEAR POW WOW, BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE, BAKERSFIELD, CA CONTACT GENE ALBITRE 661.589.8418 OR 661.589.3181
E-MAIL nahpcofkc@sbcglobal.net

JUN 24-25 CHICO POW WOW SOBER NATIONS 2006, MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMUNITY PARK (FORMERLY 20TH STREET COMMUNITY PARK), CHICO , CA
TERESA NOEL 530.891.9447 OR E-MAIL tnoel@excite.com

JULY__ SOUTHRN CALIFORNIA INDIAN CENTER POW WOW-- CALL FOR INFO
714.962.6673 scicgg@earthlink.net

AUG 10-13 43RD ANN. SHOSHONE-BANNOCK FESTIVAL, FORT HALL, IDAHO
208.238.3637 jtindore@ida.net

SEPT 15-17 2006 COUCIL TREE POW WOW, CONFLUENCE PARK, DELTA, COLORADO WWW.COUNCILTREEPOWWOW.ORG
e-mail counciltree@delta-co.gov 970.874.1718


NATIVE SPRING 2006
EVENTS
All events are in San Francisco.  Scroll down for entire list, or click below for:
May Events
June Events
Ongoing events
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Pow Wows
Online Gallery of American Indigenous Art Curator:  Andrew Brother Elk