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Native American Heritage: Home

In celebration of Native American heritage, this guide lists books, articles, and websites on Native Americans in California with an emphasis on Ohlone Indian heritage.

Events at Foothill in 2016

Thursday, November 3   12 - 1 p.m.  Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)

Lecture Series I: Louise Ramirez

Join author and Esalen tribal leader Louise Ramirez for a reading, lecture, and discussion focused on Esalen tribal history, culture, and community.


Wednesday, November 9   12 - 1 p.m.    Toyon Room (2020)

Lecture Series II: Ayse Gursoz

Join Foothill College alumna Ayse Gursoz, a producer for the The Mending News, as she speaks about Water Protectors in North Dakota and standing up against the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Thursday, November 10  11 a.m. - 12 noon   Hearthside Lounge

Lecture Series III: Rochelle Diver

Join internationalnative rights activist Rochelle Diver for an update on the current protests at Standing Rock and native perspectives on climate change.


Tuesday, November 15   12 noon - 1:20 p.m.   Hearthside Lounge

Lecture Series IV: Shawn Burns

Join recent Stanford PhD Shawn Burns for a discussion of contemporary Native American philosophy in the context of climate change.


Wednesday, November 16   12 noon - 1 p.m.  Hearthside Lounge

College Hour: Two-Spirits Media Presentation and Discussion

Join the Foothill College Gay-Straight Alliance for a discussion of about Native American "Two-Spirits" gender identity in traditional and contemporary indigenous culture.


 Wednesday, November 23   12 noon - 1 p.m.    Hearthside Lounge
Lecture Series V: Ann-Marie Sayers

Join Costanoan Ohlone Tribal Elder and Non-Profit Indian Canyon Preserve Director Ann-Marie Sayers, of the Bay Area's own local Ohlone tribe, for a discussion of local tribal history, culture, and resilience. 


 Tuesday, November 29  12 noon - 1:20 p.m.   Hearthside Lounge
Lecture Series VI: Ruben Gil

Join local LBGTQ outreach activist Ruben Gil for an informal discussion of the cultural roots of Santa Muerte spirituality in local indigenous and Chicano spiritual practices and rituals.


 Wednesday, November 30  12 noon -1 p.m.   Campus Center Dining Room
College Hour: Closing Ceremony Cultural Celebration

Featuring live entertainment by Medicine Road: a special acoustic/electric show to close out Foothill's sixth annual Native American Heritage Month.

Native American Heritage Month at Foothill

November is time for the Native American Celebration at Foothill College! Our campus was a thriving Ohlone village site for many thousands of years, and Foothill Library has prepared this LibGuide to highlight books, articles, and websites on the history and culture of California's Native Americans.

mural of life in an Ohlone village

 Mural by Ann Elizabeth Thiermann, courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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