AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH: NOVEMBER
NACC is pleased to partner with KQED in presenting TV programs during the American Indian Heritage Month that reflect the diversity of our cultures to the wider public. These include award winning films, documentaries, new features, and children’s programs.
Ohlone Ancestors Exhibit
Long time NACC co-presenter Crissy Field Education Center has curated a special exhibition of our Ohlone Ancestors, whose land we are now living on. Runs through December. Details.
NACC Spoken Word
Monday Nov. 1 the Native American Cultural Center hosts its Monthly Spoken Word Series at The Canvas Gallery Cafe in the Inner Sunset (9th @ Lincoln). 7pm. It’s FREE. We’re going to have four fantastic Native and Xicana/o poets featuring and Jennifer Fox Bennett and Kim Shuck hosting.
Perhaps never in the history of the United States have three major indigenous exhibits been presented simultaneously. This cultural coincidence provides a unique opportunity to compare and contrast three different indigenous traditions.
The Legion of Honor in San Francisco has an important Mayan exhibit. NACC is pleased to co-sponsor events in honor of the exhibit in partnership with the Mexican Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The National Museum of the American Indian opened on the mall in Washington DC in September 2004 and many representatives of NACC were there. Visit the new museum in person, or view a small portion of its collection online.
The Guggenheim Museum in New York currently has an important Aztec exhibit, which looks fabulous in the Frank Lloyd Wright- designed building. Wright was heavily influenced by indigenous architecture. View part of the exhibit online.
November 18 (Thursday) NACC is pleased to sponsor the Two Spirits Conference in San Francisco. Originally scheduled to be part of the American Association of Anthropologists Annual gathering in SF (which has been moved to Atlanta due to the hotel strike), this event goes on! Round Table 2-6pm, Evening Presentation 7 pm. at Native American AIDS Project.
“The Motorcycle Diaries” is being hailed as the best film of 2004. Director Walter Sales (“Central Station”) and Producer Robert Redford have crafted a love story where the desired object is the land and indigenous people. See the film for yourself at the Clay Theater or clips Official Website.
American Indian Film Festival
The 29th Annual American Indian Film Festival is held November 6-13 in San Francisco at the Galaxy Theater and the Palace of Fine Arts. NACC has generously supported AIFF for years.
International Latino Film Festival
The Bay Area loves independent film, and this festival has a wide array of films for those interested in stories of indigenous Americanos. Nov. 5- 21 in SF and Bay Area Locations. Website.
Each year the American Indian community holds an alternative Thanksgiving event on Alcatraz to honor the birth of our civil rights movement there in 1969-71. Website.
Natives and Plants
Over several years in the making, NACC brings you Native Plants from an indigenous perspective, including plants that heal and plants for grooming. Fall is a good time to gather and dry herbs.
In response to public interest, NACC has developed an online classroom section that helps put indigenous history, languages, maps, and a wide variety of topics into a larger cultural context. Check out the teacher guides under Education.
Fourth Annual Strong Medicine Concert will feature the legendary blues artist Taj Mahal. The benefit concert for the Health Center will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2004, 8 pm, at the Paramount Theatre in Downtown Oakland, 2025 Broadway, one block from the 19th Street BART Station. Tickets charge by phone at (510) 625-8497 or (415) 421-8497.