The Library Honors Native and Indigenous Cultures - Native people share culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance and ways of life

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2018 Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky (415) 557-4252; Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282;  
The Library Honors Native and Indigenous Cultures

Native people share culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance and ways of life

  SAN FRANCISCO, CA November is National American Indian Heritage Month, and San Francisco Public 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. With First Person, there are opportunities to learn something new, have your curiosity stoked and enjoy the varied programs that honor and celebrate native people – all free at the library.
Learn about early contact between indigenous tribes and settlers of California by attending docent-led tours of the old Mission Dolores. Later in the month, author Elias Castillo discusses his book A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California Indians by the Spanish Missions. Try your hand at traditional Navajo beading. Take part in an interactive presentation on the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and view the VICE television series, Rise, about contemporary native and indigenous issues. Meet San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck (Cherokee/Euro-American) at special events that cover topics ranging from basket weaving to the debate around confederate monuments. View a rare collection of photographic prints of The North American Indian series by Edward S. Curtis. The Library promises something for everyone during our First Person celebration. People of all ages are invited to see award winning Eddie Madril’s performance of the dances of the Plains Indians. Children can learn about traditional agricultural practices as they get hands-on with Sovereign Seeds, play Mayan Yucatec bingo games, enjoy Ohlone-Mutsun language coloring books, and learn plant identification led by park rangers. Also there are special Two-Spirit Storyhours 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. Come into a neighborhood branch and take out a book or movie – read the November On the Same Page pick, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot, a memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation. Check out a list of Children’s Books on the Native North American Experience; recommended reads, music and movies for First Person 2018; and a curated list on Native American Cooking that’s not just for Thanksgiving. View the First Person: Honoring Native and Indigenous Cultures program guide. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS When Art Is Racist with Kim Shuck & Andrew Jolivette – Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library Sewam Dance with Eddie Madril—Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m., Parkside Branch Library First Nation Monuments & Funerary Places of the SF Bay—Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Sunset Branch Library Activism & Aesthetics of the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz—Nov. 17, 3 p.m., Richmond Branch Library A Cross of Thorns with Elias Castillo – Nov. 17, 4 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium Exhibition: The North American Indian – Though Dec. 1, Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor Sewam Dance with Eddie Madril Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m., Parkside Branch Library Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge   California and the Americas Food History with Chef Farais Nov. 3, 3 p.m., North Beach Branch Library Nov. 14, 3 p.m., Anza Branch Library   String Stories with Kim Shuck Nov. 4, 2 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library Nov. 9, 3 p.m., Portola Branch Library Nov. 10, 11 a.m., Merced Branch Library   Make Your Own Basket with Kim Shuck Nov. 10, 2 p.m., West Portal Branch Library Nov. 8, 4:30 p.m., Main Library, The Mix, 2nd Floor   Two-Spirit Storyhour Nov. 17, 11 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Center, 2nd floor Nov. 17, 2:30 p.m., North Beach Branch Library   Old Mission Dolores Tours— Space is limited, registration at branches required. Nov. 3, 1 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library Nov. 10, 1 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library   Native American Beaded Bracelets Nov. 3, 3 p.m., Mission Branch Library Nov. 3, 11 a.m., Mission Bay Branch Library Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Parkside Branch Library Nov. 18, 2 p.m., Potrero Branch Library   Sovereign Seeds and Starts Nov. 3, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Sunset Branch Library Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Park Branch Library Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m., Anza Branch Library   Ohlone-Mutsun Language Coloring Book Nov. 26, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library Nov. 26, 4:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library Nov. 27, 11:15 a.m., Glen Park Branch Library Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m., Marina Branch Library   Many more classes, films, performances, events and activities are listed in the First Person program guide. All programs at the San Francisco Public Library are free.   About San Francisco Public Library San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.
October 25, 2018