The Pomo Project is in its 12th year of bringing free educational events to Sonoma County that honor and celebrate the contributions of the Indigenous people of our area. The Pomo people have lived here for thousands of years, and “Pomo Country” extends through a significant area of Northern California, including Sonoma County, Mendocino and Lake Counties.
Every year since 2010, we’ve hosted Pomo Honoring Month in October. Pomo Honoring Month has included basket weaving workshops, history lectures, beading workshops, art exhibits, radio shows, plays, and an Elders’ Forum -- and has also brought the Pomo Dancers of Sonoma County to downtown Sebastopol and Petaluma.
We are a small community-based organization. We rely upon donations to continue presenting these wonderful events, and to pay for publicity, food, workshop materials, honorariums for presenters, and gas for transportation for the dancers -- who sometimes travel long distances to participate. Our leadership team is comprised of all volunteers, including Pomo and non-Pomo people.
pomo Mural project
This year, the Pomo Project is focusing on raising money for this beautiful wall mural that will be painted at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. We need to raise $12,800. To complete this mural project we’ll need the participation of EAHS students, and Native and non-Native community members.
Elsie Allen was a world-renowned Pomo basket weaver. The Pomo Project is proud to bring this mural to a school that already appreciates and honors the long history of Pomo culture. We hope the mural will bring additional attention to some of the contributions Pomo people have made to our shared communities.
© Joseph Luis Salinas 2021 All rights reserved
"Spirit of Healing"
Joseph luis Salinas is an artist, muralist, and founder of the Pomo Dancers of Sonoma County. He was a staff person at SCIHP, where Joe helped teach young people about Pomo culture. He takes the dance group to as many venues each year as possible and coaches basketball. Joe created this mural 10 years ago and we are very excited that it is now our next Fundraiser Project.
“Spirit of Healing Mural”
Joseph Luis Salinas, a Kashia Pomo, was inspired to create this mural as a visual representation of the history and culture of Pomo people in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County before outside Settlers came.
Pomo tribal territory extended from the ocean to inland mountains for thousands of years. Joseph’s illustration includes a glimpse onto some tribal traditions, as well as the harmonious and sustainable relationship Pomo people had with the land. This relationship with the land offered an abundance of food sources and materials for wellness and healing, ceremony, and everyday community life.