"Spirit of Healing" 

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© Joseph Luis Salinas 2022


For the past 9 months, the Pomo Project has been focused on raising money for this beautiful wallmural that will be painted at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa.

In early March, we reached our fundraising goal of $16,000!

The public mural unveiling and celebration is now scheduled at EAHS on May 26th, from 6 to 8 p.m.

To complete this mural project we’ll need the participation of EAHS students, and Native and non-Native community members.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.

EAHS was founded in 1994, and named after Elsie Allen, the world-renowned Pomo Basket Weaver and educator.The school represents and serves a diverse population, including Pomo, Coast Miwok, and other Native American students. Many of the administrators and staff have made a commitment to keeping the history of the community’s Indigenous people a daily presence on the campus.

The past few months have been inspiring.

Here’s how we made it this far:

The mural project was featured in a Press Democrat online article, and as of October 31st, 2021,the GoFundMe page raised over $2,300! We also have partners in the Elsie Allen High School Foundation and Artstart, who are working hard on getting grants. On Indigenous People’s Day, we were informed that the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake County pledged a generous gift of $5,000!

On November 9th, we found out that 2 grants - one from the City of Santa Rosa, and one from Sonoma County - have been awarded totaling an additional $4,500! That brings the current amount for the Pomo mural project to almost $12,000  - we are so grateful, and getting closer each week to achieving our goal.

Thank you!

As of Mid-December, our grant writing partners are working diligently to secure the balance needed to complete the mural. Cristina Larsen, a grant writer with the Elsie Allen High School Foundation, is awesome!


On December 14, Christine Cobaugh, Joseph Salinas and Rose Hammock met with the Director of Artstart, and the Lead Painter for the mural to discuss details about the images that will be included in the mural. We were also presented with a tentative schedule!


If the pandemic allows, EAHS students will begin painting parts of the mural in January.


This mural project is an intricate weaving of many people and logistical challenges, and the goal is to have it completed by the end of MAY! For our celebration event on the EAHS campus, we hope to include Pomo leaders, Dancers, and Elders. Native and non-Native community members will also be invited to attend and experience this beautiful mural that will enrich all of us for decades to come.


Joseph Luis Salinas, Artist


A Kashia Pomo, Joseph 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 into some tribal traditions, as well as the harmonious and sustainable relationship Pomo people had with the land. This relationship offered an abundance of food sources and materials for wellness and healing, ceremony, and everyday community life.

Joseph 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.




GoFundMe page