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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.
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.
"flickerbird" © Sandy Eastoak 2019
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.
Twine Baskets by Buffie Schmidt
our Coordinating Team
Rose 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.
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.
links to archives and bibliography
Visit archived speakers, artists and schedules since 2010
Visit archived Pomo Event Schedule 2017 & 2018
Enjoy searching our library of books,
resources and websites for the Pomo Project
We need people to help coordinate events, raise funds, create publicity, offer information at the Farmers Market, help paint a mural, and involve local businesses. Please sign up at our Farmers Market booth or use our Contact page on this website.
We need funds for the following:
Transportation and food for dancers
Printing posters, flyers, and cards
Paints for a mural
Business and professional fees
Please make your check payable to The Pomo Project and mail to:
4917 Yeager Dr., Sant Rosa, CA, 95407
Or you may contribute cash at our booth at the Farmer's Market.
• Honorariums for Participants
We have several suggestions for businesses to participate in this year's festivities:
Display a Pomo Project Poster in your window.
Donate a percent of sales, either for the mini-festival day of October 10, or for the entire month of October, to the Pomo Project.
Link your website to ours.
Make a cash or in-kind donation and be listed as a sponsor.
We are also open to your ideas. To participate, please contact us.
If you're new to Pomo culture, check out books and videos from our library system. Share what you discover to nurture your own and others' curiosity, pleasure, and understanding. Visit the art show in October. Attend the talks, visit our Farmers Market booths, watch the dancers. Make friends and share your enthusiasm.