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POMO PROJECT

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pomo project MISSION STATEMENT

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Pomo Honoring Month emphasizes awareness of Pomo history
and building bridges for future generations.
 
Pomo wisdom traditions hold value for resolving
contemporary challenges.
 
We support Pomo people having an active voice in public policy, including development, education, culture, and vision.
 
Not affiliated with any specific tribal group,
we value collaboration with all Pomo people
toward reconciliation and understanding.

"Flickerbird" ©Sandy Eastoak 2020

our beginnings

       The Sebastopol City Council resolved that each October to be Pomo Honoring Month, 

celebrating the continued presence and enduring culture of the Pomo people. 

Annual Pomo Honoring Month - Resolution #5793

PASSED, APPROVED & ADOPTED this 4th day of May, 2010, by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Robinson, Shaffer, Kelley, Vice Mayor Wilson and Mayor Gurney

NOES: None   •   ABSTAIN: None   •   ABSENT: None

(Signed by) SARAH GLADE GURNEY, MAYOR   •   (Attested by) MARY GOURLEY, CITY CLERK

 

Recognition of Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria - Resolution  #5818

On September 21, 2010, the Sebastopol City Council voted to adopt a resolution

specifically recognizing the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria as representing the 

descendants of our area's original inhabitants.

read full Resolution

The Pomo Project was initiated by Armando Williams 

when he visited Sebastopol Gallery and was moved by the

Native content in Sandy Eastoak’s featured work. Other Sebastopol Gallery artists soon joined in and gallery members voted to set aside their Fall, 2010 rotation to show work from

the Pomo Project. Armando would help the artists learn about Pomo culture and medicine ways, introduce them to Pomo

elders and ceremony, and trust them to create work reflecting

and honoring the Pomo way of life.

As the artists talked about the project, people in the community quickly became enthusiastic about the need to understand Pomo history and culture, and to involve Pomo people in decision making processes as we work toward sustainability, justice, and harmony. Many people expressed a desire for education and reconciliation. As our ideas became bigger than our ability to organize, we recognized the need for an annual celebration, and are grateful that the Sebastopol City Council agreed.

our coordinating team

Christine Cobaugh has been a part of the Pomo Project coordinating team since its inception in 2009. She is a long-time community activist and an artist / photographer. Christine loves creating images from nature as well as pieces that address social issues. Some of her recent work has been inspired by the beauty and energy of Pomo dancers.

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Rose Hammock has long been a leader in the Pomo Youth Dancers and an inspiration to many students and strongly supports others on their educational and vocational paths. Rose offers California Indian history presentations at preschool and elementary schools throughout Sonoma County. 

rosehammock2017@gmail.com

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Buffie Schmidt is a 4th generation Pomo cradle basket weaver, Buffie was taught the tradition at the age of 13. She believes in keeping Pomo culture alive through their language, songs, dance, traditional foods and basketweaving.