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To our dear family and friends,
This year we are all facing multiple challenges as individuals and as a community. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the early fire season, we are unable to offer the in-person workshops and events that we have for the past 10 years. We’re doing what we can in mostly virtual formats, and hope you will join us. We wish you, your families and loved ones, safety and good health.
The Pomo Project Team
In Honor and Memory of Sandy Eastoak
Painter, author, environmentalist, and co-founder of the Pomo Project, Sandy Eastoak died on June 5, 2020.
She provided stellar leadership for a number of years until illness forced her to pull back from those responsibilities.
Despite the challenges she faced every day, she continued painting, writing, and advocating for a more
healthy and just world. Sandy was dedicated to creating images that helped heal the earth, and
worked to inspire and support all efforts to protect species and habitats.
Sandy was sometimes called a “lightning rod” as she helped others to also manifest their dreams.
In 2007, she was co-founder of Sebastopol Gallery in downtown Sebastopol. In 2009, with the launching
of the Pomo Project she helped shape a new awareness about indigenous people - our families, neighbors,
friends, and colleagues - and their contributions within our communities.
The Pomo Project is now in its 11th year of creating educational
events that honor Pomo culture.
Sandy's artwork can be seen at sandyeastoak.com
See the entire Legacy art show with Sandy Eastoak and Christine Cobaugh here
LEGACY: HONORING THE POMO PEOPLE
“Nature is my church. Dancing is how I pray.”
(Comment made by a Pomo Elder)
Images of Dancers Not For Sale
Photography Exhibit Ends Dec. 31, 2020
Photography of Pomo Dancers
on Metini Day 2018 & 2019 at Fort Ross.
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
"Flickerbird" © Sandy Eastoak 2020
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.
read full Resolution
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.
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.
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.
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links to archives and bibliography & posters
Archived pomo event scheduled speakers, artists and Posters 2010 -2019
bibliography: books, resources & websites for the pomo project
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Join & Enjoy
We need people to help coordinate events, raise funds, create publicity, and involve local businesses. Contact Us through the above link, as well as on our Pomo Project Facebook.
Your donations are appreciated for:
Transportation and food for dancers.
Printing posters, flyers, and cards.
Honorariums for Participants.
Business and professional fees
Please make your check payable to
The Pomo Project and mailed to:
4917 Yeager Dr., Sant Rosa, CA, 95407
We have several suggestions for businesses to participate in this year's festivities:
Display a Pomo Project Poster in your window.
Donate a percentage of sales.
Link your website to ours, and visit us on Facebook for related activities.
Make a cash or in-kind donation and be listed as a sponsor.
If you're new to Pomo culture, check out books and videos from your local library. Share what you discover to nurture your own and others' curiosity and understanding. Visit the art shows, attend the workshops and presentations, host a Pomo history presenter, and experience the Pomo Dancers.