Beginning with a blessing

photo: Armando

The first official action of Pomo Honoring Month was a blessing song offered by Armando Williams at Peace in Medicine on Saturday afternoon. He was invited to sing at their 3rd anniversary barbeque. This gave everyone gathered an opportunity fo be introduced to Pomo ways and to hear about the events planned for the month.

Sebastopol Gallery opening reception for "Imaging the Pomo Way"

That evening Sebastopol Gallery celebrated the work of their member and guest artists' interpretations of the Pomo way of life. In addition, thanks to a generous loan by John Omaha and Richard Self, there are two 1924 photographs of Pomo women on the Russian River by Edward S. Curtis.

photo: Sandy Eastoak & work

Sandy Eastoak with her paintings

laguna painting by bert kaplan

Bert Kaplan's pastel painting of the Laguna

ceramic pepperwood lantern by Chris Boyd

Chris Boyd's pepperwood lantern

sterling hoffmann with paintings

Sterling Hoffmann with his oil paintings

gourd & jewelry by Vana Lawson

Vana Lawson's jewelry and gourd

Teri Sloat's paintings

Teri Sloat's pastel paintings

Rebecca Love's masks

Rebecca Love with Armando & her masks

Pomo History & Culture at the Farmers Market

Sunday featured the first appearance of the Pomo History & Pomo vendor booths at Sebastopol Farmer's Market. Visitors enjoyed seeing beautiful displays and talking with Edward Willie, Joann Bacci, and Robin LaRose.

Sharon Ledbetter at History booth

Sharon Ledbetter at the History Booth

Edward Willie

Edward Willie demonstrating tule basket weaving

Edward Willie' s display

Edward Willie's display

Gail Gardner with mural plan

Gail Gardner with mock-up of Pomo history mural

Joann Bacci & Robin LaRose

Joann Bacci & Robin LaRose

jewelry by Robin LaRose

Jewelry by Robin LaRose

Robin, Sharon, Edward & Sandy

Robin, Sharon, Edward & Sandy at History Booth

Pomo dancers at the Business Expo

We had an information table at the Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo on Thursday. A special treat for the whole community was the small group of boy dancers that Armando Williams and his cousins brought to perform.

Armando, Joe & Sal singing

Armando & cousins Sal & Joe singing for the boys

photo: boy dancers

The boys dancing for Sebastopol

show-off dance

Show-off dance

boys dancing on the plaza

Dancing on the plaza*

the troupe

Singers & dancers

"Painting for the Pomo Project": Sandy Eastoak talks at Many Rivers Books & Tea

Artist Sandy Eastoak spoke about her process of creating paintings reflecting her learning about Pomo medicine traditions. Primary teachers for this project are Armando Williams, Shawn Smith, a Massacusetts woods, and pepperwood trees along the bike path.

Armando blessing

Armando singing for good speaking, good hearing*

photo: Sandy Eastoak

Sandy speaking*

Sandy & Flicker

A print of the Flicker painting*

photo: the audience

The audience at Many Rivers*

*photo courtesy of G. M. Sterne