Sebastopol (USA) - October is Honoring Pomo Month
"Batikleteawi" (where the elderberry grows) was the name of the Pomo village located where Sebastopol stands today. For more than 10,000 years, the Pomo made what is now known as the Laguna de Santa Rosa[http://www.lagunadesantarosa.org] their home. They hunted elk, mountain lion and grizzly bear, and feasted on migratory birds, acorns, roots and berries.
The Pomo are known internationally for their intricate baskets, including ceremonial baskets decorated with hummingbird feathers and cooking baskets stitched so finely that they could hold water.
Today the Pomo maintain rich cultural traditions which they share with Sebastopol during the month of October:
Pomo music and songs, Thursday, October 3, from 5:00 – 8:00, Thursday Night Sebasotpol Farmers' Market, in the Sebastopol Plaza
"High Stakes" a serious, comic one act play looking at casinos and tribal community. 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. performances on Sunday October 6, October 13 and October 20 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts[http://sebarts.org], 282 S. High St. Sebastopol. 707 829-4797.
Working with Beaver, October 9, 7:00 p.m. Learn about beavers and wetland ecology from both the scientific and the Native American perspective. Heron Hall, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation[http://www.lagunadesantarosa.org/laguna_walks_classes.shtml], 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa. 707- 527-9277 x110.
Poetry Celebrating the Pomo Way, Sunday, October 27, 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m., at Coffee Catz[http://www.coffeecatz.net], 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol. 707 829-6600.
Drawings and paintings honoring Pomo history and culture, October 1-31, Sebastopol Gallery[http://sebastopolgallery.weebly.com], 150 North Main, Sebastopol. 707 829-7200
Exhibit of Art by Pomo Youth, October 1-31 at Coffee Catz[http://www.coffeecatz.net], 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol. 707 829-6600.