First Person: Honoring Native and Indigenous Cultures

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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month, with a bevy of compelling, can’t-miss programs for those seeking to hear and enjoy the voices of Bay Area Native Americans.

Attend a poetry reading with the editors of and contributors to the award-winning anthology Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016). Celebrate with us and partners Voice of Witness for the launch of How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America (Haymarket Books, 2020), contemporary first-person stories in the long and ongoing fight to protect Native land, rights and life. And learn about the movements that shaped a new generation of Native American activism.

Younger audiences can experience Ohlone natural and cultural history through stories, games and art in a program led by National Park Service Ranger Fatima Colindres. Colindres introduces Staves, an Ohlone game of chance, traditionally played with six sticks from the elderberry or willow tree. Additionally, she teaches how to make your own staves and introduces some of the indigenous plants found in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

All ages can study Cherokee and Hawaiian online through Mango Languages, free with a library card.

We hope that you learn something new, have your curiosity stoked and enjoy our varied programs that honor and celebrate Indigenous peoples.