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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 2014

11/4   12 - 1 p.m.  Campus Center Dining Room

Opening Ceremony Cultural Celebration

A complimentary Native American meal will be served after a blessing by Pablo Eagle (Yaqui/Mayan) to kick off festivities for an epic Native American Heritage Month. Featuring Native American Heritage Month information and live entertainment by Medicine Road.


11/5   12-1:30   Hearthside Lounge

Lecture Series I: Rochelle Diver

International Indigenous Treaty Council representative Rochelle Diver (Fond Du Lac) explains ecological and environmental issues directly impacting contemporary tribal lands and contemporary peoples. 


11/6  1-4   Hearthside Lounge

Short Film Screening & Discussion

Foothill’s GSA will show a short film and facilitate a discussion on gender roles in pre-colonial culture, including two-spirited peoples, as well as what gender and sexuality look like in modern post-colonial society. 


11/10   12-1   Hearthside Lounge

Honoring The Ancestors

Ohlone Nations Elder Anne Marie Sayers (Ohlone) discusses honoring the ancestors on whose land you work, live and study. 


 11/11   12-1   Hearthside Lounge
Indian Canyon, A Safe Haven for Generations

Kanyon Sayers (Ohlone) speaks about the history, ceremonies and gatherings that take place in nearby Indian Canyon. 


 11/17   2-3   Hearthside Lounge
Lecture Series II: Ayse Guroz

Foothill College alumna Ayse Guroz, a producer for The Mending News, will discuss a variety of global issues that affect Native Americans and indigenous peoples, including climate change and the increase in advocacy by women from North and South America.  


 11/18  12-1   Campus Center Dining Room
Diversity Day 

Celebrate International Education Week by attending the Diversity Day information fair. Stop by the Native American Heritage Month booth Booth and other cultural booths to learn more about the rich diversity of Foothill College students, faculty and staff. 


 11/23  12-1   Campus Center Dining Room
Stress Less Fest Featuring Native Folk Music & Relaxation Stations 

Before the rush of finals and the holiday season, take time to pamper yourself at this event sponsored by the Foothill College Financial Aid Office. 


 11/25  12-1   Campus Center Dining Room
Closing Ceremony Cultural Celebration

Medicine Road performs a special acoustic/electric show to close out Foothill’s fifth annual Native American Heritage Month. Enjoy a complimentary Native American meal that will be served after a thank-you statement for joining us for Native American Heritage Month and a blessing by Pablo Eagle (Yaqui/Mayan). 

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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