Stephanie Greenman Stone (415) 379-5121
Pat Kilduff (415) 321-8125
The California Academy of Sciences
Celebrates Native American Heritage Month
With Special Programs in November
SAN FRANCISCO (October 1, 2004) - The California Academy
of Sciences invites the public to join the festivities of Native American
Heritage Month in November. All programs take place at the California
Academy of Sciences at 875 Howard Street and are FREE with museum admission.
For further information, call (415) 379-8000.
Saturday, November 6, 1 pm
For thousands of years, the Wappo Indians of Sonoma and Napa counties
relied on plants for daily uses, such as food, medicines, basketry, shelter,
clothing, musical instruments, and fishing nets. Wappo basketmaker Christine
Gabaldo will bring a selection of California native plants to the Academy
and discuss their traditional and contemporary uses, as well as demonstrate
how to make rope from dried dogbane.
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California Indians: A Way of Life
Thursday-Sunday, November 11-14, 10:30 am-4 pm
Explore cultural traditions of California Indians through an ongoing demonstration
by world-renowned artists and educators Julia and Lucy Parker. Julia Parker,
a noted Pomo basket weaver and a cultural interpreter with the Indian
Cultural Program at Yosemite National Park, has had her work featured
at the Smithsonian Institution and in the collection of the Queen of England.
Julia's daughter, Lucy Parker, is a traditional artist known for crafting
baskets, jewelry, and games, and still practices the traditions of her
ancestors, the Yosemite Indians.
Celebrating Native American Traditions
Sunday, November 14, 10:30 am-4 pm
Academy visitors can enjoy a full day of activities focusing on the tribal
and indigenous heritage of the Americas.
10:30 am-4 pm
Duane Tawahongva will demonstrate the overlay techniques of traditional
Hopi Indian jewelry. Many of his designs, including clouds, waves, and
prayer feathers, are inspired by petroglyph images found in the areas
surrounding his village.
Pine Nut Bead Necklaces
10:30 am-4 pm
Join Renee Shahrokh and craft a pine nut bead necklace, made out of
sanded and drilled pine nuts and shells. Learn what these necklaces
symbolize and their importance to the American Indian community.
Yup'ik Eskimo Culture
Chuna McIntyre will present some of the NuNamta Yup'ik art forms and
customs he learned from his grandmother while growing up in the village
of Eek. Using music, stories, dances, and traditional clothing, he will
share the beliefs and values of the Eskimo world.
Plains Indian Beadwork
Kaiwie Fastwolf learned Kootenai beadworking skills from her husband's
grandmother, she specializes in sewing small glass beads onto soft brain-tanned
hides. In this program, Kaiwie will use the tack-down technique on buckskin,
creating plateau-style designs.
Yaqui Indian Music
In this presentation, Martin Espino will show pre-Hispanic musical instruments,
handmade from natural materials, and demonstrate their unique sounds.
He will invite visitors to join him in playing these instruments as
he shares the sounds, language, and history of his culture.
Yaqui Indian Storytelling
In his second program, Martin Espino will focus on the oral traditions
of his Yaqui Indian heritage with a selection of stories and humorous
anecdotes from the Sonora region of Mexico.
The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart
Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875
Howard Street, Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $7 for
adults, $4.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with
valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and
younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every
day. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.
The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth
largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart
Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy
is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker
prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which
is expected to open in 2008.
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