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American Indian Initiative - Events & Programs

Honoring Native and Indigenous Cultures at the Library

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. In conjunction with the 2019 One City One Book selection, There There by Tommy Orange, the Library is excited to honor the voices of Indigenous Peoples with vital and innovative programs and exhibits through December.

More than 70 programs for all ages in all library locations provide a platform for our community to learn about and enjoy Indigenous culture, history, music, crafts, dance and ways of life. Learn about the Occupation of Alcatraz by the Indians of All Tribes in 1969 through photographic and art exhibitions at the Main Library, as well as compelling programs led by Indigenous artists and instructors. Identify edible, wild and native foods in the Bay Area with a local chef. Meet San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck (Tsalagi Cherokee/Euro-American) and special guests at Thursday evening Poem Jams. Throughout the branch libraries, participate in book clubs discussing There There, the Library's One City One Book selection.

Younger audiences can celebrate Indigenous culture, diversity and history through Mayan Yucatec bingo games, Ohlone games and minizines, making beaded bracelets and special story hours.

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.