Farm Volunteer Work Party
Jun
29
10:00 am10:00

Farm Volunteer Work Party

  • Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden at the College of Marin

Come to our Volunteer Work Party to sink your hands in the soil and learn Organic Farming!

The Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden at the College of Marin relies on volunteer and community help, particularly this year with our small staff, so come on out and lend a hand!

Our Three Sisters—corn, beans and squash—as well as the strawberries, greens, and so many other delicious relatives, are in need of more love and attention. And as always, they are powerful and generous teachers, so come learn!

Complete school volunteer hours, come with family, bring your friends!

This Thursday, carpooling from the East Bay is available! Please contact mateo@nativeland.org to coordinate—we will be departing at 9AM from Oakland.

***bring sun protection, closed toe shoes, and any food you want to eat!***


Farm Volunteer Work Party
Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Farm Volunteer Work Party

  • Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden at the College of Marin

Come to our Volunteer Work Party to sink your hands in the soil and learn Organic Farming!

The Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden at the College of Marin relies on volunteer and community help, particularly this year with our small staff, so come on out and lend a hand!

Our Three Sisters—corn, beans and squash—as well as the strawberries, greens, and so many other delicious relatives, are in need of more love and attention. And as always, they are powerful and generous teachers, so come learn!

Complete school volunteer hours, come with family, bring your friends!

***bring sun protection, closed toe shoes, and any food you want to eat!***

Talking Back to Primitivism in Indigenous Film
May
16
4:00 pm16:00

Talking Back to Primitivism in Indigenous Film

  • Ethnic Studies Psychology 116, SFSU

Special Film Screening and Lecture with Dr. Lucas Bessire, human rights anthropologist/filmmaker, University of Oklahoma

Film:

Farewell to Savage (70 minutes).  This film uses footage from the workshop process, archives and a drone to craft a non-linear reflection on the power of visuality to provoke new ways of relating to the world, each other and our own past selves. In sustained dialogue with each of the Ayoreo videos, the film documents how the filmmaking process unleashed new potentials and dilemmas for all involved, in ways that pose important questions for anthropological theory, practice and advocacy.   

About: 

Lucas Bessire is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.  His main research and teaching interests focus on political anthropology and inequality, media and documentary film, Indigenous rights, law and policy, environmental change and ethnographic writing. Bessire has conducted ethnographic fieldwork across the Americas. Between 2001 and 2016, he spent 52 months living among Ayoreo-speaking peoples of the Gran Chaco region of Bolivia and Paraguay. Additional field research has taken him from lowland South America to the high plains of western Kansas and Arctic Alaska. In recent years, Bessire authored Behold the Black Caiman: a Chronicle of Ayoreo Life (University of Chicago Press), an ethnographic study of crisis and change among recently-contacted Ayoreo peoples, which won three major book awards. He is also co-editor of Radio Fields: Anthropology and Wireless Sound in the 21st Century (New York University Press), and the director of the documentary films Asking Ayahai: an Ayoreo Story, From Honey to Ashes, and Farewell to Savage. He is Co-founder of the Totobiegosode Weaver’s Alliance and creator of the Ayoreo Video Project. Bessire’s research has been supported by grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the National Science Foundation, the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund of the Reed Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. Bessire has held visiting positions at the School for Advanced Research and New York University.  He was a 2012-13 Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. 

Spring Planting and Farm Work Day
May
13
10:00 am10:00

Spring Planting and Farm Work Day

  • Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden

PREVIOUS TEACHING EVENT WITH ROWEN WHITE POSTPONED

We just received news that Rowen is sick and will not be able to join us tomorrow for her teaching day. She is so sorry to have to cancel and we are all sending her healing thoughts! We will work fast to reschedule her day with us and will let you all know ASAP.
In the mean time, we are still working at our beautiful farm and garden... spring is a wonderfully busy time... and all volunteers/planters/hands are very welcome!

We have plenty of farm work ready for eager hands, and will have lunch for everyone from Sol Food too :)

We are sorry for any inconvenience and of course any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! We hope to see you all soon!
~TCC

POSTPONED:

Spring Planting Day with Rowen White: Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World: Haudenosaunee Seed Wisdom

Sat May 13th, 10 - 3pm - $10-$30, sliding scale.

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Graden

Join us to welcome special guest teacher Rowen White for:

Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World: Haudenosaunee Seed Wisdom. Rowen will share of her journey to find her ancestral seeds of her Mohawk and Iroquois lineage and family, as well as her unique holistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture. Enjoy traditional teachings, native foods and hands on the farm. 

For more information contact us. 

Saturday Volunteer Workday
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Saturday Volunteer Workday

  • Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden @ College of Marin

Volunteer Every Other Saturday!
10am - 1pm

The Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden at the College of Marin relies on volunteer and community help, particularly this year with our small staff! Complete school volunteer hours, come with family, bring your friends!

*bring sun protection and closed toe shoes 

Workdays in May: 5/6, 5/20

Food Sovereignty in New Zealand and Peru: Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, Brown University
Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

Food Sovereignty in New Zealand and Peru: Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, Brown University

  • Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden

Enacting Food Sovereignty in New Zealand and Peru: Revitalizing Indigenous Knowledge and Food Practices with Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, Brown University 

Sat April 29, 12pm - 1:30pm

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden

Suggested donation: $10/person

Mariaelena is an Indigenous scholar originally from Peru and a citizen of New Zealand. She is interested in how indigeneity can influence a paradigm shift in the global food system, and in particular in the context of improving the relationship between food production, efficiency and biodiversity. 


For more information contact us. 

Spring Plant Sale
Apr
22
Apr 23

Spring Plant Sale

Saturday and Sunday April 22 & 23

10am - 3pm, both days

Buy certified organic vegetable starts, fruit trees, herbs, annual and perennial pollinator friendly flowers. Enjoy community workshops and demonstration gardens, traditional foods and more!

The Inaugural 7th Generation Global Wopida Run: Sharing the Spirit of Standing Rock, Protecting and Restoring Mother Earth and Building a Global Fire of Compassion
Feb
5
12:00 pm12:00

The Inaugural 7th Generation Global Wopida Run: Sharing the Spirit of Standing Rock, Protecting and Restoring Mother Earth and Building a Global Fire of Compassion

  • The Great Meadow at Fort Mason

The Inaugural 7th Generation Global Wopida Run: Sharing the Spirit of Standing Rock, Protecting and Restoring Mother Earth and Building a Global Fire of Compassion.

A coalition of partners is hosting the Inaugural Global Wopida Run, led by Great Sioux Nation Youth Runners, across the Golden Gate Bridge carrying the Global Compassion Torch of solidarity, hope, and the spirit of Standing Rock to the Great Meadow at Fort Mason on Sunday, February 5th at 12:00 PM.

The 7th Generation Prophecy promised that this generation of Indigenous young people, guided by their Elders, would rise up and inspire other young people of the Human Family to join them in unprecedented, unified, prayerful action to Protect and Restore Mother Earth.

The Dakota people have a special ceremony, Wopida. Wopida is a sacred sharing of gratitude, a connecting with all beings through thanksgiving for all the countless gifts and blessings from the Creator in our lives. Often this includes sharing food and giving gifts of thanksgiving to those who have sacrificed for the upliftment of the People.

The purpose of the Global Wopida Inaugural Run is to be grateful for whatever Life bestows on us, knowing that every test and challenge comes into our lives for our spiritual growth and development to protect and restore Mother Earth. 

This spiritual understanding of Wopida requires each of us to live with honor, compassion, love, respect and harmony with all life. The coalition is hosting the 7th Generation Runners in San Francisco during World Interfaith Harmony Week. 

Ms. Bobbi Jean Three Legs, Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Chris Walton and other youth runners from the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, will be joined by local 7th Generation Runners from the Four Directions. 

The Runners will share their enthusiasm, vision, and words to co-create a just, sustainable and harmonious world by building a global fire of compassionate action to unite the Human Family. We will pass the Global Compassion Torch as part of the Wopida Ceremony taking place on the Great Meadow.

The inspiration for the Inaugural 7th Generation Run began in August of 2016 when the Standing Rock Youth Runners, led by the Ms. Three Legs, ran 2,000 miles to Washington DC and brought national and international attention to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters. Their run broadened the impact of those protecting the waters of the Missouri River against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and raised a global cry: “Mni Wiconi - Water is Life.”

Traditionally, Indigenous Peoples across the Americas ran on foot to carry important messages. The Inaugural Global Wopida Run shares the news that at this time of great global change, the promised time has come for the 7th Generation to arise and inspire all generations to heal and resolve “Standing Rocks” everywhere on Mother Earth. Guided by their elders, the Runners carry the message that we are one Human Family, interrelated with all Life, and share a common destiny. The Hurt of One is the Hurt of All, the Honor of One is the Honor of All.

In the Spirit of the Wopida Ceremony, we request that attendees bring a favorite dish to share, as well as, their own plate and silverware. 

On the afternoon of Saturday, February 4th, the 7th Generation Runners, who have participated as Water Protectors at Standing Rock, will be honored at the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) 6th Annual Two-Spirit Powwow, taking place at Fort Mason.

The coalition of partners include (alphabetical): Compassion Games International, The Cultural Conservancy, E2K, Fetzer Institute, Four Worlds International, Four Worlds Europe, Pachamama Alliance, Seat of the Soul Institute, Seeding Sovereignty, The Shift Network, Unify, United Religions Initiative, and We The World. 

The Goals of the Inaugural 7th Generation Global Wopida Run:

* To share the Spirit of Standing Rock and intent of the Global Wopida.

* To share the enthusiasm, the prophecy, vision, and words of the 7th Generation to ignite unprecedented, unified, prayerful, and enduring compassionate action to Protect and Restore Mother Earth.

* To unite the members of the human family to co-create a just, sustainable and harmonious world.

* To ignite a global fire of gratitude, love, and thanksgiving everywhere all at once.

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits Powwow
Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits Powwow

  • Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits announces our 6TH ANNUAL community Two-Spirit Powwow
LOCATION: The Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason (next to last year’s venue)
DATE: February 4th , 2017
TIME: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
 

From the organizers, BAAITS:
All are welcome!
Contest Powwow - all dancers & drums welcome!
Produced by the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS)
General Inquiries: admin@baaits.org
Vendor Inquiries: baaits.vendors@gmail.com

Want to Volunteer? (Much help needed) : powwowvolunteering@gmail.com

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The annual event continues to grow! last year we welcomed more than 3000 Native American and non-Native people alike. Our Two-Spirit Powwow embraces traditional Native American culture while also providing a uniquely San Francisco experience. 
 

Dec
14
9:30 am09:30

Water Prayer Gathering

Join us for a blessing to the water at El Polin Springs, the only natural spring in the city of San Francisco. We will meet at the Rx Café for a short walk together to the springs. After the ceremony, we will collectively walk back to the Rx Café for complimentary refreshments and conversation.

Native community leaders, Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) and April McGill (Pomo/Wappo), will be joining us for this gathering. 

Spectacular Movements feature film screening Oakland
May
26
7:00 pm19:00

Spectacular Movements feature film screening Oakland

  • The New Parkway Theater

Come see the first Bay Area public screening of the feature documentary *SPECTACULAR MOVEMENTS* at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The film follows the journey of ten Bolivian youth
who recreate revolutionary history, seek memory, demand overdue justice,
and reforge their indigenous-mestizo identity through creative performance,
manifesting spectacular movements.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~ Movimientos Espectaculares ~ a feature documentary ~ a Bolivian, Venezuelan and US production ~ Co-produced by The Cultural Conservancy

Q&A with Director Mateo Hinojosa following screening.

Buy your tickets online now, only $7!
https://ticketing.us.veezi.com/purchase/890?siteToken=P5WXdOEJ3Eq2eHbZHTAtbg%3D%3D

AND: we'll be selling our brand-new just-screenprinted T-shirts!

For more about the film, see the pressbook.
And watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaBIVKRxt5g

Three Sisters Planting Day
May
14
10:00 am10:00

Three Sisters Planting Day

  • Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden

The Cultural Conservancy invites you to join us for a ceremonial planting and honoring of the Three Sisters, corn, beans, & squash, with special guest teachings on Indigenous land management, permaculture, seeds, and soil. Enjoy a delicious Native Foods lunch.

Please RSVP to kaylena@nativeland.org

Suggested donation $25

Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden 1800 Ignacio Blvd. Novato, CA

May
5
5:00 pm17:00

Walking the Shoreline: Native Foodways and Waterways Indigenous Art Show Opening and 30th Anniversary Party

Join us in celebrating 30 years of Indigenous cultural arts through an art show featuring Indigenous traditional and contemporary art from the Americas and Pacific.

\With supporters, friends and family, we will celebrate at the Tides Thoreau Center, where The Cultural Conservancy has been based for 20 years.

Featuring renowned Native artists such as: Frank LaPena, Lyn Risling, Julian Lang, George Blake, Tonu Shane Eagleton, Edward Willie, Marva Jones, Kathy Wallace, Wikuki Kingi, Sarah Sense and others.

Opening: May 5th, 5 - 7 pm
On Display Until: June 16th

Opening will feature traditional opening with Ohlone songs and guest performance by Ras K’Dee (Afro-Pomo). Indigenous appetizers and beverages will be served.

Where: China Brotsky & SEED Galleries at Tides Thoreau Center
1016 Lincoln Blvd.
Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

Nov
2
Nov 7

Indigenous Terra Madre

  • Shillong India

The Cultural Conservancy is proud to be sending a delegation to the Indigenous Terra Madre gathering in Meghalaya, India, with the generous support of The Christensen Fund.  We will be sending our Foodways Director Kaylena Bray, our Media Director Mateo Hinojosa, and others.

Jul
10
Jul 12

International Folk Arts Market — Santa Fe, New Mexico

Join us in Santa Fe!  We will be there to support two weavers from of a fair-trade women’s cooperative that engages traditional knowledge for economic gain and gender equality, and that includes all the families of the Totobiegosode-Ayoreo

The Totobiegosode-Ayoreo people of northern Paraguay are renowned for their creativity and skill in creating beautiful, traditional utebetade  bags.  Crafted entirely by hand from sustainably-gathered wild plant fibers in a process taking 3-6 weeks per bag, each is a unique artistic expression of traditional clan designs and motifs inspired by creation myths.  

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One hundred percent of proceeds from the marketing of these bags is returned to the women of the Totobiegosode-Ayoreo communities, where it provides a critical source of employment and empowerment.