Welcome to “Native Spring 2005”, the annual festival of indigenous events in San Francisco by the Native American Cultural Center (NACC).  This year our theme is indigenous Americas, inspired by the remarkable film “The Motorcycle Diaries.”  Our theme explores interrelationships between indigenous people and lands throughout the western hemisphere.  We are very excited to welcome the Fulni-O Tribe of Brazil to San Francisco as part of this year’s festival.  So enjoy the great variety of performances, lectures, nature events, and activities — there is something in Native Spring for everyone!  And be sure to check out the Native foods before your evening show.

Aquatic Park Bird Walk
Sunday, March 20
Leader: SF Maritime National Historical 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 Streets)  for this two-hour beginners’ bird walk. Discover the great variety of birds living next door to our dense urban environment. Who said humans and animals cannot cohabitate?  Dress in layers as weather varies from warm to cold. Trip is wheelchair accessible.
Carnaval King & Queen Competition
Saturday March 26, 2005
Doors open up at 7:30pm – Show starts at 8:00pm
Exciting entertainment, dancing, bar and live music by Los Ramblers.
DJ Sweetwaist.
Admission $15.00 – children 12 & under FREE
For Advanced Ticket Sales or info about competing call the Carnaval hotline 415.920.0125  www.carnavalsf.com
Location: Patio Espanol
2850 Alemany Blvd (near Geneva)
San Francisco
Candlestick State Recreation Area Bird Walk
San Francisco
Saturday, March 26
Leader: David Armstrong, 415.305.7681
(cell), darmstrong99@yahoo.com
Meet at 8:30 a.m. at parking lot near main
entrance to Candlestick State Recreation
Area for this two-hour walk. Exit Hwy. 101
at 3Com Park and follow signs to recreation
Dreams of Flight:
University Dance Theatre in Concert
Fri & Sat, April 1 & 2, 8 pm

Susan Whipp & Cathleen McCarthy, Directors
Jessica Anderson & Katrina Morin, Student Directors
Austin Forbord & Paco Gomez, Guest Choreographers
University Dance Theatre, Six new works, including choreography by School of Music and Dance faculty members Cathleen McCarthy, Susan Whipp and Wendy Diamond, premiere in this performance by this troupe of 18 advanced SFSU dance majors.  The program features works by guest choreographers Paco Gomez and Austin Forbord, and an adjudicated student work by Kalliope Kalombratsos.  A highlight of this program will be the live performance of original musical compositions for selected choreography.
McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Bldg
SFSU campus, 19th Ave & Holloway, SF
Admission: $12 General/$8 Students & Seniors
BOX OFFICE: 415/338-2467
NACC Party for Pride Grand Marshall Randy Burns
Saturday, June 25, 3-6pm
Relax and chill with Randy’s family and friends on a terrace overlooking the Castro.  NACC Board members host their colleague.  Following ancient tradition, bring a little dish of your own food and drink, as well as some dish on Randy. In the early evening the Castro will be transformed by the Dyke March into Pink Saturday, one of the biggest and best street parties in San Francisco– it will be easy to walk down the hill and join in the festivities. Call NACC at 415-641-9466 for address and directions, or pick up a flier at the writers conference or anniversary party.
NACC + Pride Parade
Sunday, June 26, 10am-3pm
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Two Spirit + Pride Festival
Sunday, June 26, Noon- 6 pm
The Pride Festival is the largest celebration in San Francisco, and one of the largest parades in the world.  Join Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS) for an opening prayer from the main stage to kick things off.  Then check out the designated Two Spirits area at Civic Center plaza, including an Indian Taco Booth and artists and vendors selling their merchandise.  Maybe even a tee pee.  Just like a Pow Wow only different…
17th Annual Two Spirit Gathering
Monday, June 27-July 1st
The San Francisco Bay Area hosts this major North American event in 2005, the culmination of several months of festivities including the GAI 30th Anniversary, the Writers + Storytelling Conference, NACC + Pride Events, Poetry Readings, parties, performances, and benefits.  NACC joins BAAITS and GAI in welcoming participants traveling to San Francisco from all over the Americas.  For events, directions, registration, and other information, contact 415-865-5616 or epahae55@aol.com.

Nature’s Pharmacy: The Healing Power of Plants
On view February 25 through October 16, 2005 , at the Conservatory of Flowers.  The exhibits take visitors on a fascinating journey to explore medicinal plants, their many uses and the issues that surround them.  From the steamy rainforests of South America, you’ll explore the pareira vine. Once used to poison the tips of hunters’ arrows, it’s now an important anaesthetic. Without it, open-heart surgery would be impossible. You’ll also get a close look at quinine. While there may be plenty of synthetic anti-malarial drugs available, it was this plant-based medicine that served as the world’s front line defense for centuries.
And from North America, you’ll encounter the spiny devil’s club, long-used by Native Americans as one of their primary medicines. Research is now underway to study the use of devil’s club to treat two diseases in particular: tuberculosis and diabetes.
Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes. Do plants hold the cure? Find out at the Conservatory of Flowers.  JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA.  Directions.
Gallery Show:  Painting With Earth
Artist Linda Fries was first noticed by NACC at an Open Studios event in 2000.  Her abstract and landscape paintings in softly muted colors are all painted with natural, hand ground Earth pigments.  Or as she likes to put it:  dirt mixed with sap. In 1993, she abruptly abandoned her indoor studio art practice, ceased using most conventional materials, and began her search for new ways of making art that would be more compatible with the natural world.  For four years she worked entirely outdoors in wild places under open skies, using only simple, earth-based materials. Immersed daily in the natural world, she found that a new perspective emerged. Themes in nature informed her images and the colors of the earth called to her. Eventually, the passion for true local color took over. In addition to painting, Linda is on the Board of Directors of WEAD: Women Environmental Artists Directory.
The paintings are very popular with collectors, and Linda is very helpful in describing her process.  See her work at the Gallery at Thoreau, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Building 1014-1016, Presidio of San Francisco.  The show runs March 16 through April 15, with an opening reception March 16 from 5-7 pm.  Gallery hours are M-F, 9am- 5pm.
(415) 561-7823

Si Se Puede!
Pride Parade:  Sunday June 26
Randy Burns, a NACC Board member and founder of Gay American Indians (GAI) has been elected Grand Marshall of this year’s Pride Parade!!  This is a great honor, so come cheer on Randella as she takes her ride on Market Street waving like the beauty queen she is.
Randy is placed in the front of the parade, just after the Dykes on Bikes and Mayor Newsom.  Call Randy or NACC at 415-641-9466 if you would like to march alongside Randy.  Remember, it begins early!!!
For more pictures of Pride 2005 click here.
Film:  “Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action”
Wednesday, March 16, 7:30pm, San Francisco Premiere!!
At a time when 30 year old environmental laws are being dismantled, Native Americans are resisting corporations and the government. The Gwich’in of Alaska want to protect their ancestral lands and the Caribou in the Arctic Refuge.  The Cheyenne are fighting being surrounded by 75,000 methane gas wells that will destroy their soils.  The Dine/Navajo are fighting new uranium mining that has poisoned their land.  The Penobscot of Maine just want clean water in the Penobscot River.  All of these tribes want what all Americans want:  a clean environment and protection by our government against obvious toxic hazards.  But guess who the main culprit is?
Homeland tells the stories of four remarkable Native American tribes who are rallying grass roots support while overcoming internal struggles to ensure the survival of their peoples.  It is a beautiful and moving documentary about the variety of Indian resistence. It is also a call to action to protect America before it it too late. Directed by Roberta Grossman, who will be in attendance.
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room 701 Mission
Street @ 3rd St. in San Francisco.  Presented by: Film Arts Foundation.
Co-Presented by NACC. More info:  http://www.katahdin.org. SOLD OUT
Spirit of Brazil
March 18th and19th at 8pm, March 20th at 4 pm.
This concert will bring two Brazilian guest artists together with Abada Capoeira SF’s high-flying performers and Artistic Director Mestranda Márcia Treidler’s original choreography to create an audio-visual exploration of capoeira’s many dimensions. “Boa Voz,” the first professional capoeira singer and musician, and Professor “Mobilia”, a well-known capoeirista and singer from Rio de Janeiro, will travel to the Bay Area exclusively for Spirit of Brazil: Elements of Sound, a show that is both a demonstration of capoeira’s visual grace and a live concert of traditional Brazilian music and song.  A benefit for The RAY (Reaching All Youth) Project, for youth aged 5-19 from low-income families.  Tickets $15 and $30. To reserve tickets call 415-237-4633, visit www.abada.org, or visit ACSF’s Brazilian Arts Center, 3221 22nd Street (@ Mission St) San Francisco, CA 94110, tel. 415 206 0650.  At the Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street (@Mission Street) San Francisco, CA 94110. Co-presented by NACC.  Funded in part by SF Arts Commission-Cultural Equity Grants and Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Squash Blossoms
Saturday, March 19, 8-10 pm, Show starts at 8:30
You heard about the now legendary performance of Land-o-Lakes at the Miss Trannyshack Annual Talent Show – she won the tough competition after celebrity judges exclaimed that they had learned a thing or two about the female anatomy!  Some jaded performing arts mavens called it the best show of 2004, bar none, beating out the SF Ballet, Opera, and related big budget offerings.  Well come see what outrageous madness Miss Lakes and her drag cohorts have cooked up for this show, benefiting the 17th Two-Spirit Gathering later in Native Spring (see June). Grand entertainment is guarenteed.  $5 entry at the Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom at 9th Street in San Francisco.  Brush Arbor Gurlz presents and NACC co-presents.
Spoken Word Poetry Read
Wednesday April 6, 2005 @ 5:00pm
Come join NACC and its native Spoken Word artists at San Francisco State University. It is a complete open mic and all types of native artists are welcome to show up and perform. Be daring, be bold, be unique, or simply just be. But show up bring art and share for us all.
Location this month:  San Francisco State University @ The Depot (located in the Student Center bottom floor)
Latcho Drom
Red Vic Theater
April 3rd – 4th
Sun: 2:00, 4:15, 7:15, 9:30
Mon: 7:15, 9:30
Check out this film which is neither fiction nor documentary, but a telling through music of the beggining of a people who have survived five centuries of persecution and nomadic life. Out of India to Egypt where they picked up the name Gypsy from Europeans who believed they were Egyptian. The Gypsy people are one of the most well known nomadic tribes of today, constantly being ostricized and stereotyped as tricksters, thieves and witches, much like many Native American people. A definite film of interest for all native/indeginous people.
Cesar E. Chavez Holiday/Parade
Sunday April 3, 2005
A Day to celebrate Cesar E. Chavez who was the founder of the United Farm Workers Union and led the first successful farm workers’ union in the United States.
@ 11am The Parade assembles at Justin Herman Plaza(Embarcadero) and starts up Market St. Following the parade…..
@ 12 noon. Parade concludes at civic center  wih a lively festival of performances, speakers and vendors from 1-5pm.  Info (415) 552-2911
Unpacking Scourge
Thursday, Apr 7; 6:30 pm
Yerba Buena Center Resource Room • FREE
Join critically-acclaimed poet, performance artist, and choreographer Marc Bamuthi Joseph and his artistic collaborators for a behind-the-scenes discussion and readings of Joseph’s early works and influences that informed the development of Scourge. “I am haunted by our present perception of Haiti. Theater is my vehicle for exorcism. Creating Scourge is baptismal rite. These are new myths, presented in new language, designed to disrupt our blind demonization of a people. I do not claim to have any of the answers. Scourge represents an unrepentant penchant for asking questions…”– Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
BAAITS Youth Circle
Thursday, April 7, 6 pm, Queer Center SF
Join organizer Gabriel Duncan, a poet, and other local AI people under 25 who are Two Spirits.  Gabe read with nationally known poets Sherwin Bitsui and Allison Adelle Hedge Coke at NACC’s March Spoken Word event and rocked the house!!  Now he’s starting a zine called ‘Thrown Together.’  What is your talent?  Come join the fun…  NACC co-sponsors.  More info
Friday April 8th, 7:00 pm
John Ross speaking on Living Zapatismo
at screening of The Last Zapatistas
On April 10, 1919, General Emiliano Zapata was assassinated by the Mexican government, but for the campesinos and indígenas Zapata still lives. Each April they take to the streets to celebrate this Revolutionary martyr and demand land and justice.
COME HEAR: John Ross, poet, author and activist, speaks on living Zapatismo
COME SEE: The Last Zapatista, filmed interviews with Zapata’s troops, featuring a meeting between new and old Zapatistas.
New College Theater
777 Valencia Street, SF
Hunter Gatherers
by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Fri & Sat, April 8 & 9, 8:30 pm
Sun, April 10, 2 pm
Pam and Richard are the gracious hosts of a monthly dinner with their best friends, Wendy and Tom. A ritual animal sacrifice kicks things off, fueling the night to have just a little more sex, violence, deception, and wrestling than in previous parties. In this darkly comic evening where the line between civilized and primal man is blurred, not everyone will survive long enough to enjoy the brownies for dessert.
Location: El Teatro de la Esperanza
2940 16th Street (at Mission), 2nd Floor
San Francisco
Tickets: Reserve your seats one week in advance by calling El Teatro de la Esperanza’s box office at 415/ 255-2320.  $5-8, sliding scale. Times and dates subject to change.
First Annual Cuba Caribe Festival
Sponsored by Cuba Caribe, Dance Brigade, and the Native American Cultural Center (NACC)
April 8th – 30
Location:  Dance Mission Theater
Encompassing 14 performances and 15 classes and events, this brand new festival will take place over four weeks during April. Three dance companies present four weekends of entertainment, supplemented by dance classes, book signings, dance parties, panel discussions, and informational lectures.  All classes, lectures, and performances take place at Dance Mission, 3316 24th Street @ Mission in San Francisco.  Tickets for the performances are $18-20, for lectures and classes $7-12. For more information, click here.
Additional funding provided by the Zellerbach Family Fund, Ca$h Grant, Lef Foundation, Irvine Foundation, and SF Grants for the Arts.
Cuba Caribe Festival:  “Vamos Andar”
April 8 – 9, 2005
Friday and Saturday 8pm
A mixed program of dance, music, and storytelling with exciting artists:
Alain Soto                         Lichi Fuentes                Jose Luis
Jose Cheo Rojas               Dance Brigade               Luis Hechavaria
Aramis Pazos Barrera        Ramon RamosAlayo      Alayo Dance Company
Susana Arenas Pedroso    Jose Ruis                      Ramon Perez
Jose Barroso                    Grrrl Brigade                   Rogelio Nordet
Dance Mission, 3316 24th Street @ Mission in San Francisco.  For more information and tickets, click here.  Co-sponsored by NACC.       SOLD OUT
Cuba Caribe Festival:  Dance Party
April 10, 7 pm
by Fito Reinosos and Rhythmo Y Amonia
Dance Mission, 3316 24th Street @ Mission in San Francisco.  Tickets $12. For more information, click here.
Cuba Caribe Festival:  Special Event
April 12th, 2005 8pm
Book signing and lecture by Ned Sublette on his new book:
Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo.
Reception following.  $10.  Dance Mission, 3316 24th Street @ Mission in San Francisco. For more information, click here.
The Healing Power of Plants:  Lecture
Thursday April 14
Flowers, Medicines, Exploration, Discovery and Rainforest Conservation!
Dr Mark Plotkin, Lecturer
Join NACC and renowned ethnobotanist Plotkin at the Conservatory of Flowers.  Hailed by Time Magazine as an environmental “Hero for the Planet” and author of the book Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice, Plotkin is President of the Amazon Conservation Team, which is doing good work with indigenous people of the Amazon basin.  At the County Fair Building, San Francisco Botanic Garden, Corner of Ninth and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park.
Programs start at 7:30pm.  For Ticket Info: 415 666-7001.  Tickets: $12.00
Cuba Caribe Festival:  “Yo Soy Cuba”
An Evening of Traditional Folkloric and Popular Dance
April 15 – 17, 2005
Friday     April 15 8pm
Saturday April 16 6pm and 9pm
Sunday   April 17 2pm and 7pm
Under the direction of Susana Arenas Pedroso, Yo Soy Cuba shows the movements, melody, vivacity, and color of the Cuban spirit with its blend of traditions.  This evening of dance and music, respecting the past while looking to the future, demonstrates the fusion and variety of one of the richest cultures in the Americas. Featuring Arenas Dance Company and many great artists.  Dance Mission, 3316 24th Street @ Mission in San Francisco.  Tickets for the performances are $18-20,  For more information, click here  Co-sponsored by NACC. SOLD OUT
Opening Reception:
Friday, April 15 following the performance
Benefiting Arenas Dance Company, $10.
Glen Canyon Park Work Day
April 16, 2005, 9am-noon
NACC and the Audobon Conservation Committee are co-sponsoring a special work day at Glen Canyon Park on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.
We will join Friends of Glen Canyon Park and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to restore riparian habitat along one of the city’s only flowing creeks. Volunteers will also plant native species that provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, such as a gray fox that lived in the canyon in recent years. Glen Canyon has three distinct habitats that provide unique biodiversity in a city park. Birders may also enjoy seeing Lazuli Buntings and Bullock’s Orioles at this time of year. Meet at the Recreation Center, near Children’s Playground. For more information and directions, contact S.F. Conservation Chair Bob Bennett at link2Bob@aol.com.
Healing Center Grand Opening
Friday, April 22, 2005 at 11:00 a.m.
56 Julian Street, San Francisco, CA
The Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc. of San Francisco proudly announce their Grand Opening to their new facility, Healing Center. Friendship House is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides residential substance abuse treatment and outpatient services for Native Americans. Please check out their website for more information.
Cuba Caribe Festival:  “A Piece of White Cloth”
April 22-24, 2005
Friday 8pm
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 2pm and 7pm
With Music by : Olorun
Ramon Ramos Alayo’s work weaves threads of modern, Cuban Folkloric, and African Dance into an evening length performance by the Alayo Dance Company. This work meditates between the ancestor and spirit world, creating a stunning evening of ritual dance theater. Artists include Earth Dance Theater choreographer Oscar Trujillos and lighting designer Jose Maria Francos.  Dance Mission, 3316 24th Street @ Mission in San Francisco.  Tickets for the performances are $18-20,  For more information, click here.  Co-sponsored by NACC.  SOLD OUT
Earth Day Celebration
April 23, 2005
Get caught green-handed at the San Francisco Zoo! Join us for a fun filled Earth Day celebration where you can learn about some of the Zoo’s conservation efforts or play our “Caught Green Handed” scavenger hunt. Reduce, reuse, and recycle as you shop at the Docent used book sale and learn where to recycle just about anything! Free with Zoo admission.
Acorn Soup: Stories & Cartoon Workshop
Saturday, April 23; 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Join NACC and Crissy Field Education center in welcoming artist and author L. Frank as she shares stories and images from her book, Acorn Soup. Using sly wit and keen observation, she places us in a whimsical world, challenging stereotypes about California Indians and preconceptions about life in general. Meet Coyote in all his contradictory guises, and other friends, who also have one foot in the modern world and the other in the ancient. She’ll even treat us to a special cartoon design demonstration that you can try your hand at too! Booksigning follows.
FREE; registration required, call 415-561-7752
Crissy Field Education Center
The Healing Power of Plants: Workshop
Creating Your Own Herbal Medicine Chest
April 23
Adam Seller
In this hands-on class we’ll learn some of the basic skills of herbal medicine making and create our own herbal remedies.  Seller has taught at UC Berkeley, UCSF Medical School, Harm Reduction Coalition, Department of Public Health in San Francisco, Breitenbush Herb Retreat, New College of California, the S.F. Public School district, Northwest Herbal Faire, Ohlone Center of Herbal Studies, the Ecology Center, San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, Scarlet Sage Herb Company, the Berkeley Free Clinic, the Rainbow Grocery Collective, Strybing Arboretum and in wild places up and down the west coast.  He is currently Director of the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine.  12:00-1:30 At The Conservatory of Flowers Greenhouse Meeting Room. For Ticket Info: 415 666-7001. Tickets: $12.00
Tori Amos Live in Concert
April 24, 8 pm
Davies Symphony Hall
Not so much a collection of songs as a sonic novel, Scarlet’s Walk, Amos’s critically acclaimed 2004 album, explores the entire continent from the perspective of Amos’ Cherokee heritage. Both highly personal and deeply political, it’s an epic and thought-proving journey though America. A road trip in the classic Kerouac tradition, narrated by a character called Scarlet who is Amos herself and yet who is also every woman. Now she has a new album The Beekeeper and a new book Tori Amos: Piece by Piece to accompany her many accomplishments, including 8 Grammy nominations and album sales of more than 12 million copies worldwide.  Don’t miss this concert!  Tickets available at Ticketmaster, (415)421-TIXS.
Cuba Caribe Festival:  “La Madre”
April 29-May 1
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm and 7pm
World Premiere
Choreographer Ramon Ramos Alayo
A new work that explore death and loss through the transcendent possibilities of dance, theater, music.  This piece is filtered through the cultural lens of  a Cuban Artist living in the Bay Area. Artists include Earth Dance Theater choreographers Oscar Trujillos and Kerry Sneed along with lighting designer Jose Maria Francos. Come out and see this World Premier dance.  Location:  Dance Mission, 3316 24th Street @ Mission in San Francisco.  Tickets for the performances are $18-20,  For more information, click here.  Co-sponsored by NACC.  SOLD OUT
Kulintang Arts:  Sons Work-In-Progress Reading
Thursday, Apr 28, 6:30 pm
Through a blending of poetry, theater, film, dance and music, six Pilipino American SONS present a work-in-progress reading that reveal the complexities of masculinity, language, memory, sexuality, and colonization. SONS is a dynamic intergenerational poetry and performance project led by master poets Jaime Jacinto and Joël Barraquiel Tan.  Yerba Buena Center  • FREE
BAAITS Youth Group
Friday April 29, 6pm Queer Center, SF.  The youth group has just begun, so come see what its all about.  The goal is to promote a social environment for Two Spirit Youth of the Bay Area.  Co-sponsored by NACC. See April 7 for more info.
The SFSU Pow-Wow
Saturday, April 30
The only annual Pow-Wow in San Francisco!  Co-sponsored by NACC and SKINS. Dedicated to Dr. Barney Hoener.  At San Francisco State University gymnasium.  Grand Entry is at 12 noon, the location is the Gym. For more info contact Hector at SKINs skins@sfsu.edu, or 415-338-1929.
Feast Honoring the Eagle Staff
Saturday, April 30, 3-7 pm
Native American Aids Project
A community feast to honor the Native American AIDS
Project Eagle Staff.  The Eagle staff was brought out at the Casa de
Fruita powwow last May and this feast will complete the coming out
of the staff.  The staff was made by Betty Cooper (Blackfeet) and
Fred Short (Ojibwe) to honor Native people who have lost their
battle with AIDS.  Co-sponsored by NACC.
Location:  Native American AIDS Project, 470 Carolina Street
San Francisco, CA, 415-431-NAAP (6227) Phone 415-431- 6257
Contact for event information:
Lorraine Vallerio (415)431-6227
Choreographers in Action:  24 Views
Sunday, May 1 8:00 pm FREE
As part of National Dance Week, Earth Dance Theater dancer/choreographer Cobi Castillo appears in Carmen Carnes/VedaDance’s piece.  Also on the bill this night are Joe Goode Performance Group, Joanna Haigood/Zaccho Dance, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Scott Wells dancers, and Amy Seiwert.  Don’t miss this cross section of Bay Area dance and some of our dance friends.
NACC Spoken Word Series
Monday, May 2
Bird and Beckett
Word on the street is that Kim has planned the last event of the year for Monday night at 6 (call her to be sure) and that its going to be a big splashy finale, with Sebastian and Gabriel and special guests and new awards announced, along with last chance to be in the anthology.  So don’t miss it!
Searching For the Muse
Wednesday, May 4 6-8 pm
Friendship House, 56 Julian @ 14th
American Indian Urban Youth Art Program with the very talented Richard Bluecloud Castaneda, who did the photogrpahy for the birth of Earth Dance Theater. This exhibit is a photographic journey by San Francisco Native Youth.  The opening will feature special guest ‘The Genie’, renowned scratch artist.
The Healing Power of Plants:  Lecture
Thursday May 5, 7:30pm
Karyn Sanders
We Need Plants. Do They Need Us?
Herbalist and host of radio’s “The Herbal Highway,” Sanders explores our relationship to the medicinal plants of North America. Karyn Sanders has been working with herbs most of her life and has had a clinical practice since 1979. She was first trained by her Choctaw grandmother. She studied with a curandera in her teens, has trained with other traditional herbalists and has also studied with western practitioners. Karyn is the co-founder and head instructor of the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine.  Join NACC and the Conservatory of Flowers.  At the County Fair Building, San Francisco Botanic Garden, Corner of Ninth and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. For Ticket Info: 415 666-7001.  Tickets: $12.00
Carnaval Night at the SF Giants
Monday, May 9, 5:30 – 9pm
SF Carnaval throws an annual show at the SF Giants stadium, which is very lively, very entertaining, and free to watch the pre-game activities in front of the entrance.  Come on down and groove to the beautiful drum beats of Loco Bloco and the free-style break dancers of Earth Dance Street at 5:30.  NACC co-presents.
Weaving Our Traditions
Tuesday May 10  2-5 pm
Basket Weaving with Janelle Palacios
San Francisco Native American Health Center.  Participants entered into a drawing for a Pendleton Blanket on June 14th.  NACC Co-sponsors.
AfroCuban Ensemble 
Tue, May 10, 7:30 pm, Free                        
John Calloway, Director
The West Coast Afro-Cuban All-Stars pay their debt to Israel “Cachao” Lopez in musical currency, with a program venerating the 86-year-old artist’s musical achievements. The band, put together specifically for this event, features the best Afro-Cuban players on the West Coast, among them: John Santos, Jesus Diaz, David Belove, Mark Levine, Wayne Wallace, Bill Ortiz, Melecio Magdaluyo, Felixberto Reynoso, Mike Spiro, John Calloway, Mike Olmos, Orestes Vilato, David Flores, Javier Navarette, Greg Landau, Orlando Torriente and Barbara Valladareso.
Cachao makes a special appearance with the All-Stars when he is presented with the first ever Marcus Prize recognizing lifetime achievement in the arts. Opening the program for the All-Stars is the SFSU Afro-Cuban Alumni Ensemble, directed by Calloway. Chuy Varela presents a pre-concert talk at 7:45 pm.Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Bldg
SFSU campus, 19th Ave & Holloway, SF
Information: 415/338-1432
Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, 8 pm
Dance Mission, 24th and Mission
Andrew Brother Elk calls Kerry Sneed ‘one of the most exciting new dancer- choreographers in San Francisco.”  This is Kerry’s first show under his own name.  He’ll be working with Andrew and Earth Dance Theater later this summer.
Tickets are $10 advance/ $15 door.  Call 273-4633.  NACC co-presents.
Preserving “Old” California: Poetry Reading
Saturday, May 14; 2 to 3 p.m.
Long-time poet and folk music DJ Stephen Meadows presents poems of grit, soul, concern, and imagination. Join him in paying tribute to the beauty and history of California. Steve is a fifth-generation Californian whose ancestors were Ohlone Indian on his father’s side and Gold Rush pioneer on his mother’s. His writings have been published in several anthologies, including The Dirt is Red Here. Booksigning follows.
FREE; registration required, call 415-561-7752
The Crissy Field Center, at the Presidio of San Francisco
Presenting:  Fulni – O Tribe of Brazil
May 18, 2005 – July 4, 2005
NACC is very pleased to sponsor a trip by the Fulni-O tribe of Brazil to San Francisco for Native Spring Festival 2005. This trip will provide oppurtunities for the public to interact with the tribe at a series of public events with traditional dancing and singing. The Fulni-O visit also provides the tribe the oppurtunity to educate the public about thier land and cultural issues, which resonate with similar issues by tribes in North America. Fulni-O educational appearances include schools, radio shows, museums, and Carnaval events.
Music and Dance of the Philippines
Thursday, May 19th, 6-9 pm
California Academy of Sciences Classroom
Through narrative dances, poetry, and song, the Kulintang Dance Theater brings to life the village customs and vibrant regalia of the Southern Philippines.  Dancing styles are varied, from subtle hand gestures to the powerful trance dance of the warrior, and are performed to the complex melodies of bronze gongs.
The Healing Power of Plants: Workshop
May 21, 2005
Adam Seller
Healing with Tropical Herbs
Director of the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine
Seller will show us the healing power of tropical herbs, including those found in your kitchen and in the Conservatory of Flowers collection.  12:00-1:30 At The Conservatory of Flowers Greenhouse Meeting Room. For Ticket Info: 415 666-7001. Tickets: $12.00
Textiles from the Pacific Islands
Saturday, May 21st10 am to 4 pm
California Academy of Sciences Classroom
Two presentations of tapa cloth, from Tonga and from Hawaii, will take place simultaneously, allowing visitors to compare the techniques, tools, and regional motifs of two cultural traditions.  For example, Tongan tapa is a canvas for freehand painted designs, whereas Hawaiian barkcloth uses a printing method for applying dyes.  Siu Tuita and members of the ‘Otufelenite Tongan Community of the Bay Area, demonstrate the process of creating tapa (called ngatu in the Tongan language) using hand-carved wooden beaters.  They are joined by Kaleo DaSa and the Kapa Hui group, presenting the Hawaiian version of tapa (called kapa), made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree.  Co-presented by NACC.
Hawaiian Featherwork
In ancient times, Hawaiians excelled in the artistry of applied featherwork, fashioning capes and helmets (reserved for male chiefs) and leis (worn by royal women).  Herman Tachera continues this legacy, creating colorful hatbands and leis from pheasant, peacock, and dyed goose feathers.  He is assisted by Mike Vieiera.
Polynesian Barkcloth
Textiles made from barkcloth (tapa) are created throughout the Pacific Islands and play an important role in the social life of island people.  As a prized commodity, tapa can serve as a ritual gift to a person of status or can be made into garments for ceremonial occasions.  Tapa-making is an activity reserved for women, and the familiar sound of wooden mallets pounding the raw fibers into cloth can be heard from early morning until sunset throughout the Islands.
Spoken Word Event
May 25, 2005, Queer Center
YOUTH Open Mic Nite. All queer or questioning indigenous youth are welcome to come read, share their poetry and their art at this youth circle co-sponsored by NACC and BAAITS, first youth poetry read. For the audience, all youth are welcome. 23 and under. Poet Gabriel Duncan coordinates…

Carnaval VIP Party
May 26, 2005 @ 7:00pm
Carnaval Custome and Chance to Participate in Carnaval SF 2005 with Island Fire; Autographed Barry Bonds Memorabilia; Willie Mays Signed Memorabilia; Comcast Package; 45-Minute Concert-Style Performance by Latin Pop Sensations; The Herrera Sisters, courtesy of VISAD Records & Mystique Entertainment; Night at the San Francisco Marriott; Estate Plan from the Law Offices of Peter L. Balogh; Home Appraisal from Aspire Funding; Two SF Giants Tickets; Pair of 49er Tickets; Carnaval SF 2004 DVD by Chris Collins; Percussion Lesson with Robert Wallace; Dinner at Pizza Orgasmica; Dance Lessons; Jaguar Press Pass for MCCLA Classes and much More!
Donation: $5.00 for 1 ticket or $10.00 for 3 Tickets
Location:  Medjool
25522 Mission St, SF
Carnaval Festival
May 28, 2005 10am – 9pm
It’s the largest multi-ethnic community based artistic celebration in California! ‘Carnaval San Francisco’ draws upon a broad cultural pageantry that fosters a spirit of universal inclusiveness and reaffirms cultural artistic values.
Come check out the numerous booths selling everything from arts and crafts to food, as well as enjoy the live entertainment. This year NACC has coordinated new booths selling indigenous arts, crafts, and foods as part of the celebration.  Co-presented by NACC.  Check out the Carnaval Site Map –  Carnaval MAP
Grand Parade 
Sunday May 29, 2005 8am – 5pm
The Grand Parade of lavish floats, costumed dancers, international musicians, colorful paraders, contingents of local school children and youth — a splashy, exciting parade of cultures will be televised live in both English, on KRON ,and Spanish, on TELEMUNDO.  NACC co-sponsored.
Check out the floats, the dancers and live music!
American Indian Graduation Ceremony
Wednesday, June 1, afternoon
Richard Oakes Multicultural Center
San Francisco State University
Contact: SKINs skins@sfsu.edu. 415-338-1929.
NACC co-sponsored event.
Opening of Chocolate Exhibit
June 11, 2005, 11 am
Aztec Dances
Mexico is one of numerous cacao-growing areas in Central America and, in Pre-Hispanic times, the Aztecs used bitter chocolate drinks in their ritual ceremonies.  To mark the opening of the California Academy of Sciences’ new exhibit Chocolate, Ernesto Hernandez Olmos and the Xaguia Gura Ensemble perform Aztec Indian dances that pay homage to the ancient Nahuatl-speaking cultures of Pre-Columbian Mexico.  Wearing colorful outfits, masks, and spectacular plumed headdresses inspired by the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl, the dancers move to the rhythm of indigenous instruments such as ankle rattles, hollowed log drums, conch shell trumpets, bamboo flutes, and clay whistles — many designed to imitate the sounds of nature.  Co-sponsored by NACC.  Location:  California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howward, SF.
Traditional Talking Circle
Tuesday, June 14  2-5 pm
As part of the Circle of Healing Prevention Workshops at the SF Native American Health Center, 160 Capp Street.  Each workshop participant will be entered into a Pendleton Blanket drawing. NACC co-sponsors.
2005 Electric PowWow
Friday, June 17, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
Brava Theatre Center, San Francisco, CA
5th Annual Electric PowWow, a benefit concert of community performances for the NAHC College Scholarship Fund.  Electric PowWow will be held at the Brava Theatre Center located at 24th and Bryant in the Mission District of San Francisco. We are searching for performers. Previous performances have included singers, musicians, bands, poets, comedians, dancers, actors and other talented artist from throughout the community. For more information, please contact Shannon Yellowman at 510-535-0500 or by email ShannonY@nativehealth.org.
We Hold the Rock: The Story of the Alcatraz Indian Occupation
Saturday, June 18; 2 to 3 p.m.
More than thirty-five years ago, the island of Alcatraz was occupied by “Indians of All Tribes” in what many consider the single most significant event in the history of the island. The occupation of Alcatraz brought about the end of forced termination of tribes and the establishment of self-determination for hundreds of American Indian nations. A screening of the award-winning video We Hold The Rock will be followed by a question-and-answer period with Craig Glassner, historical consultant and Alcatraz interpretive ranger.
FREE: registration required, call 415-561-7752.  Co-presented by NACC.
The Crissy Field Center in the Presidio of San Francisco.

Mayor Newsom Honors Pride Grand Marshalls    JUST ADDED!
Monday, June 20, 5:30pm City Hall, Polk Street side.
Come join in on the official kick off to Pride Week, when Mayor Newsom honors the Pride Grand Marshalls, including Randy Burns.  The Mayor and Randy are both expected to say a few words, and proclamations will be issued, just like in the Wizard of Oz!  Media, celebrations, drag queens, and more.

NACC Spoken Word Series    JUST ADDED!
Wednesday, June 22, 6:00-8:00 pm
Co-hosts Kim and Jennifer talk with writers Steve Russell, Daniel Flores, Paula Gunn Allen, and other GAI honorees on KPOO radio station, 89.5 FM.  To check out more info on KPOO, truly one of the best radio stations in the Bay Area, click here. So set your radio dials and computers.  You’ll also probably hear more about the NACC Spoke Word anthology we’re cooking up for some point in the future…
Two Spirit Writers + Storytellers Conference
Friday, June 24, 1:00am to 3pm   NEW TIME
Launched by NACC, this inaugural event is open to all Two Spirit writers, poets, storytellers, and spoken word artists.  Light lunch will be served at 11:30 to start things off. The emphasis is on new writing to honor the 30th Anniversary of GAI, so be sure to bring something written in 2005.  Two poem or 5 minute time limit per person.  Writers and storytellers who may be participating (depending on travel and schedule) include:  Leslie Thomas, Chrystos, Paula Gunn Allen, Ron Pinkham, Clyde Hall, Sally Ramon, Betty Parent, Andrew Brother Elk, Randy Burns, Terry Tefoya, and many more!    At NAAP.
Co-hosted by BAAITS, GAI, and NAAP.  NAAP is located at 555 DeHaro Street in San Francisco (Potrero Hill).
Gay American Indians 30th Anniversary Party
Friday, June 24, 7:30 pm
LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street.

GAI was the first ethnic queer organization in the United States when it was founded in 1975 in San Francisco.  Thirty years later the legacy of this trail blazing organization can be seen in hundreds of ethnic queer organizations in every major city and on most large college campuses in North America.
Join co-founder Randy Burns and GAI alumni in honoring and showcasing important cultural path finders who have helped create the modern Two-Spirit movement, including Paul Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo), Maurice Kenney (Mohawk), and Chrystos (Ojibwe). Light refreshments will be served.  LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street.
Honoring the 30th Anniversary of Gay American Indians (GAI) and Pride Parade Grand Marshall Randy Burns, NACC Board of Directors.
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