Scheduled Events

October 1-28, 11 am - 6 pm. Sandy Eastoak, Dancers & Medicine: acrylic & watercolor paintings. Sebastopol Gallery, 150 North Main Street, Sebastopol. 707 829-7200.

October 6, noon. Pomo Project committee & friends gather to listen to land, water, spirit, & each other.

October 7, Sunday, 10 am - 2 pm. Laura Shafer & others at the Pomo Project information booth. 12:30 pm: Joe Salinas, Pomo songs. Sebastopol Farmers Market, on the Plaza.

October 13, Saturday, 3 pm. Edward Willie, "Indigenous View of Permaculture." Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, 707 527-9277.

October 16, Tuesday, 6-10 pm. Request for the city to approve historical signage & memorial gardens in Laguna & Ives Parks, Sebastopol City Council Meeting, Youth Annex.

October 21, Sunday, 1 pm. Pomo Youth Dance Group, Sebastopol Farmers Market, on the Plaza.

October 21, Sunday, 5 pm. Hinth'el Gaahnual (Talking Indian): a Narrative History of Clear Lake Pomo Through 1900. Aubergine, 755 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol.


To help with events

This year's event schedule is modest as we take time to attend to personal business and learn new perspectives. We hope it will prove a fallow time leading to greater blossoming in 2013. We intend to listen more deeply into the patterns of land, history, culture, and connections, finding ever more vital ways to honor the historical and contemporary Pomo presence.

Please contact us if you can help with events: provide a venue, work on publicity, support financially, schedule a speaker, arrange a school program, or coordinate a history-culture booth at the Sebastopol Farmers Market.

Meanwhile, learn all you can about the Pomo people, their past and present contributions, their way of living with this land.


Related Events Not Sponsored by Pomo Project:

October 7, 9:30 am-2:30 pm. Join long-time student of California Indian basketry, Charlie Kennard, to learn about the use of native plants for making cordage. String and rope are made from various parts of many native plants. Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa. Advance registration required.

October 27 & 28, 10 am - 4pm. Tending the Wild – a workshop presented by California Indian Basket Weavers Association: the historic impact of Indigenous Stewardship Methods (ISM) on California’s natural environment & reintroducing those techniques. Topics include periodic burning of undergrowth in traditional gathering sites & how to identify and prepare regional basketry plant materials, such as willow, redbud, “white root,” & bracken fern. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. For details, call 530-668-1332 or visit

October 19th - 28th: Word for Word is pleased to present Stories from Sonoma Mountain, a special show for children 6-11, based on two stories by Greg Sarris. Sarris was inspired by the folktales of his Pomo and Miwok ancestors, native to the land that is now Sonoma County. Kids will be captivated the vibrant characters, infectious singing and dancing, and stunning masks, all the while learning about Pomo and Miwok cultures and their deep respect for the natural world.

May 30-June 22, 2013. How a Mountain Was Made: The Imagists Theater Company adapts Greg Sarris's cycle of stories inspired by Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation stories that center on the Santa Rosa plain, Copeland Creek, and the sacred site of Sonoma Mountain. The stories include Coyote, Warm Wind, Centipede, Lizard and Frog Woman. “The stories from the Mountain teach important lessons, and many of the songs that Coast Miwok people have sung since the beginning of time are gifts from the Mountain and come from the stories.”