First Person
First Person: honoring native american and indigenous cultures

First Person: Honoring Native and Indigenous Cultures

November is National American Indian Heritage Month, and the library is excited to honor the voices of indigenous and native peoples with a month long celebration titled First Person: Honoring Native and Indigenous Cultures.

More than 80 programs for all ages in all library locations provide a platform for native people to share culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance and ways of life. Learn about early contact between indigenous tribes and settlers of California by attending docent led tours of the old Mission Dolores. Try your hand at traditional Navajo beading with a master beader. Take part in an interactive presentation on the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz. View the VICE television series, Rise, about contemporary native and indigenous issues, and meet San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck at special events that cover topics ranging from basket weaving to the debate around confederate monuments. Younger audiences can celebrate native culture, diversity and history through Yaqui Indian hoop dancing, Mayan Yucatec bingo games, Ohlone-Mutsun language coloring books, plant identification led by park rangers and special story hours with native authors. All ages can study Cherokee and Hawaiian online through Mango Languages, free with a library card. We also encourage everyone to learn about the edible, wild and native foods growing around the Bay Area during cooking demonstrations and food history programs.

With First Person, we hope that you learn something new, have your curiosity stoked and enjoy our varied programs that honor and celebrate native people.

First Person 2018 Program Guide (PDF 1.6M)

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