Image of a Native American Woman with the title of the initiative The Continuous Thread

San Francisco’s first citywide American Indian Initiative celebrates  the culture and contributions of local Indigenous Peoples. Spanning three months, The Continuous Thread: Celebrating Our Interwoven Histories, Identities and Contributions will include over 20 public events including exhibitions, a temporary light-art project, community celebrations, concerts, a film festival, a fashion show and more.  The ambitious Initiative coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz, the one-year anniversary of the City’s first Indigenous Peoples Day and the anniversary of the removal of the Early Days sculpture in the Civic Center after decades of community objections to its racist and historically inaccurate content.

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2019 American Indian Initiative Events & Programs

 

The Continuous Thread: Celebrating Our Interwoven Histories, Identities and Contributions exhibition features the photographic works of Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Jean Melesaine, and Britt Bradley. The exhibition highlights the local Indigenous Peoples through visual and mulitmedia formats.

WHO: San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries in partnership with exhibition curator and project advisor Carolyn Kuali’i

WHEN: October 4 - December 14, Opening reception: October 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness, Ste. 126

COST: FREE

INFO: sfartscommission.org

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Reclaiming Space: Projected Portraits of the American Indian Community
The San Francisco Arts Commission invited members of the diverse American Indian community to be photographed on the now vacant 4th plinth of the Pioneer Monument, where the Early Days sculpture once stood, as an honorific and respectful tribute to Indigenous Peoples. These powerful and dignified portraits will be projected onto the walls of the buildings that surround the monument, San Francisco Main Library and Asian Art Museum, and will enable the American Indian community to purify and reclaim the site from its long association with indignity and to imbue it with a new hope for a more equitable future. Coinciding with SFAC Main Gallery exhibition The Continuous Thread, Reclaiming Space: Projected Portraits of the American Indian Community reflects the strength and potency of the local Indigenous community.

WHO: San Francisco Arts Commission

WHEN: October 4 - October 11, starting at dusk

WHERE: San Francisco Main Library and Asian Art Museum

COST: FREE

INFO: sfartscommission.org


Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Ceremony
This event commemorates 527 years of Indigenous resistance and survival in the Americas, honors the cultural resiliency of Indigenous Peoples in California and around the world, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes in 1969-1970.

WHO: Sponsored by the International Indian Treaty Council

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 6 a.m.- 8 a.m. (boats return by 9 a.m.)

WHERE: Alcatraz Island (boats leave from Pier 33 starting at 5 AM, ticket booth opens at 4:15 AM)

COST: $11, purchase ferry boat tickets  on line from Alcatraz Cruises, Children under 5 are free

https://www.alcatrazcruises.com/programs-and-events/annual-events/indigenous-people-sunrise-gathering/

INFO: www.iitc.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Rochelle Diver, rochelle@treatycouncil.org, (218) 576-2649


Alcatraz Canoe Journey 2019
To commemorate the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz, honor its veterans, celebrate our past and envision our future, the Bay Area Indigenous community is hosting our first-ever canoe journey. Starting at sunrise, a flotilla of Indigenous canoes from up and down the West Coast will circle Alcatraz Island, carrying forward the spirit of the Occupation for a new generation and century—showing leadership in the face of environmental degradation through the promise of Indigenous resurgence.

WHO: Brought to you by the Alcatraz Canoe Journey organizing committee and the Bay Area Indigenous community

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE: Aquatic Park, San Francisco, starting at the corner of Jefferson St. and Hyde St.

COST: FREE

INFO:  canoejourney2019.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Julian Brave NoiseCat,  jnoisecat@gmail.com


Indigenous Peoples Day Music and Arts Festival
This day marks the one-year anniversary of San Francisco's Indigenous Peoples' Day and the (September 13, 2018) removal of the Early Days sculpture from Pioneer Monument located in San Francisco’s Civic Center. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival celebrates with Native American art, music and vendors. The event will feature Jonathan Cordero (Ramaytush Ohlone) and performances by Pamyua (Inuit), Hip Hop and media artist Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve (Stō:lo) and Raye Zaragoza (Akimel O’otham descent).

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in partnership with American Indian Contemporary Arts and the International Indian Treaty Council

WHEN: Saturday, October 14, Noon–3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between 3rd & 4th streets

COST: FREE

INFO:  ybgfestival.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Marshall Lamm - marshalllamm@earthlink.net


For the Record: Eyewitness Testimonies of the police murder of Luís Gongora Pat
Luís Gongora Pat, a Mayan indigenous man, was murdered by San Francisco police officers on April 7, 2016 on Shotwell near 19th Street in the Mission. His killing came in the wake of other homicides by police of Black and Brown community members. His family pursued every legal avenue available, including a civil case, which was settled in January 2019. Three and a half years later, Luís’s death is at risk of being buried because the primary family eyewitnesses never got their day in court. But their story must be told. Two primary eyewitnesses—Christine Pepin and S. Smith Patrick—will present their foregone testimony in an open setting, getting the facts onto a public record even if they couldn’t provide it in court. Adante Pointer, the family civil rights lawyers, will attend in order to support the narrative with facts on the record.

WHO: Shaping San Francisco, in connection with the San Francisco Public Library One City One Book program

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 518 Valencia Street, Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

COST: FREE

INFO: http://shapingsf.org/public-talks/index.html


Resounding Witchi Tai To, 1969-2019
A musical commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the song “Witchi Tai To” by the Creek and Kaw jazz saxophonist Jim Pepper (1941-1992).

WHO: The John-Carlos Perea Ensemble

WHEN: October 16, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University

COST: Free

INFO: https://johncarlosperea.bandcamp.com/

MEDIA CONTACT: John-Carlos Perea, johnc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-1664


Tommy Orange at the Koret
Award winning novelist Tommy Orange will present his work and engage in a conversation with Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck onstage at the Koret Theater.

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Arts Commission

WHEN: October 16, 6 p.m.

WHERE: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street

COST: FREE

INFO: sfpl.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Jaime Wong, jaime.wong@sfpl.org or 415-557-4295


Shellmounds, Indigenous Culture, and Ecology on the San Francisco Bay
250 years ago, life along the edges of what we now know as San Francisco Bay changed forever when the Portola Expedition came upon this hidden magnificent body of water. The Spaniards couldn’t quite understand it when they saw this marvelous sight for the first time on November 2, 1769, but this confluence of many rivers was a thriving home to thousands of people, not to mention an abundance of species of water, land, and sky. Join us to talk with Gregg Castro, t’rowt’raahl Salinan/rumsien Ohlone, and Robin Grossinger, of the San Francisco Estuary Institute, about the tens of thousands of years prior to European arrival, what remains from those times, and how we can honor the ways of life that persist despite centuries of colonial misuse of the land and water.

WHO: Shaping San Francisco

WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 518 Valencia Street, Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

COST: FREE

INFO: http://shapingsf.org/public-talks/index.html


Native American Heritage Month, San Francisco Public Library

The San Francisco Arts Commission will partner with the Public Library  to curate an exhibition and related programming  featuring weekly Poetry Jams led by Poet Laureate Kim Shuck. The opening will coincide with the Native American Fashion Show taking place at the Pioneer Monument.

WHO: Co-Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Public Library

WHEN: October 26 – November 30

WHERE: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street

COST: FREE

INFO: sfpl.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Jaime Wong, jaime.wong@sfpl.org or 415-557-4295


44th Annual American Indian Film Festival
The American Indian Film Institute is the premiere Native American media and cultural arts exposition in the West Coast and its annual film festival is the world’s oldest forum dedicated to Native American cinema. The full schedule will be available Oct 1st.

WHO: Co-sponsored by American Indian Film Institute and San Francisco Arts Commission

WHEN: October 26 – November 2, see website for show times

WHERE: Films will be shown at BRAVA theater with the awards show at the Presidio Theater on November 2.

INFO: aifisf.com


Native American Heritage Month at San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
An exhibition of portraits from the Early Days Photo Shoot will be exhibited on the mezzanine level of Terminal 3, while shorts by Native American filmmakers we be presented at SFO Museum’s Video Arts screening room in the International Terminal Departures Lobby.

WHO: Community partnership: San Francisco International Airport, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the American Indian Film Institute

WHEN: October 10 – December 4

WHERE: San Francisco International Airport; Terminal 3 mezzanine (photography), International Terminal Departures Lobby (film shorts). Both exhibitions are located pre-security and are available to all Airport visitors.

COST: FREE

INFO: sfomuseum.org


Alcatraz Occupation: A Beginning
50 years ago this fall, on November 20, a group of people that came to be known as Indians of All Tribes began a 18-month occupation of Alcatraz Island. This act of self-determination emerged from conditions faced on reservations and in urban centers, from the activism of the Third World Strike at San Francisco State, and resulted in major changes taking place across the continent. From a new consciousness of sovereignty to at least ten major policy and law shifts, Mary Jean Robertson, host of the radio show Voices of the Native Nations, discusses the far reaching impact of claiming “the Rock”.

WHO: Shaping San Francisco

WHEN: Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 518 Valencia Street, Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

COST: FREE

INFO: http://shapingsf.org/public-talks/index.html


Alcatraz Reflections
The premier of a new musical composition for Native American flute reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz Island.

WHO: The John-Carlos Perea Ensemble

WHEN: November 13, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University

COST: Free

INFO: https://johncarlosperea.bandcamp.com/

MEDIA CONTACT: John-Carlos Perea, johnc@sfsu.edu or 415-338-1664


Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration
This annual gathering honors American Indian culture by bringing together the American Indian community, local heroes, and political leaders who have worked to strengthen American Indian initiatives to celebrate with song, dance, and food. This year’s Celebration will feature the kick off for the American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco. 

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission in partnership with the  American Indian Cultural Center and the Native American Health Center

WHEN: November 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl

COST: FREE

INFO: https://www.facebook.com/AICCSF/


Native Heritage Social Gathering to remember and recognize the contributions of LGBTQ, Two-Spirit Native Americans.

WHO: Gay American Indians

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness, Ste. 126

COST: FREE

INFO: Randy Burns @ 650/359-6473


Red Power on Alcatraz: Perspectives 50 Years Later
In 1969, a group of Native American activists called the Indians of All Tribes arrived on Alcatraz. This new exhibit and series of cultural programs on Alcatraz tells the story of their 19-month occupation of the island, a watershed moment in the movement for Native American civil rights.

WHO: Sponsored by the National Parks Service

WHEN: November 20, 2019 – June 2022

WHERE: Alcatraz

COST: Ferry ticket

INFO: https://www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm

MEDIA CONTACT: Charlie Strickfaden, charles_strickfaden@nps.gov or 415-561-4730


50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz
The National Parks Service, working with the Indians of All Tribes, will host a series of events on Alcatraz Island to honor the veterans of the occupation.

WHO: Sponsored by the National Parks Service and Indians of All Tribes

WHEN: November 20, 21, 23

COST: Ferry ticket

WHERE: Alcatraz Island

INFO: www.facebook.com/IndiansofAllTribes

MEDIA CONTACT: Charlie Strickfaden, charles_strickfaden@nps.gov or 415-561-4730


Honoring 50 years of Activism, featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie
This celebration will feature acclaimed recording artist Buffy Sainte-Marie and will honor activists that have led various Indigenous resistance movements over the last 50 years. The event will also include a reception in the SFAC Main Gallery, which will feature The Continuous Thread exhibition.

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission in partnership with the, American Indian Film Festival and the American Indian Cultural Center

WHEN: November 22, 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Herbst Theater

COST: FREE

INFO: sfartscommission.org


Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering
The Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering is a commemoration of the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz by the “Indians of All Tribes” and is a one-day event.

WHO: Sponsored by the International Indian Treaty Council

WHEN: November 28, 6 a.m.-10 a.m.

WHERE: Alcatraz Island

COST: Ferry ticket

INFO: iitc.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Charlie Strickfaden, charles_strickfaden@nps.gov or 415-561-4730


Native American Fashion Show
Indigenous Fashion designers Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene, Cree), the first Indigenous designer to show at Paris Fashion Week, Project Runway alumna Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), and Leah Mata is a member of the yak tityu tityu (the people) Northern Chumash Tribe, located on the Central California Coast., will show their collection in San Francisco.

WHO: Sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission in partnership with Sewam American Indian Dance.

WHEN: December

WHERE: TBD

COST: FREE

INFO: sfartscommission.org

In addition, In November 2019, the California Historical Society will launch Re(Occupied), series of public conversations on Native California history, cultural reclamation, and activism. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 19-month long occupation of Alcatraz by Native American activists, these programs are part of CHS’s ongoing commitment to working with California Native communities to preserve and share their histories, cultures, and traditions. Learn more at www.californiahistoricalsociety.org.

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Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

October 01
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1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

October 01
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

October 01
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

October 01
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125