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Native American Heritage Month

Maggie Bach November 4, 2022

November 1st marks the start of Native American Heritage Month. During this time of year, we recognize and remember the obstacles and hardships Indigenous people have had to endure and continue to fight each day. We honor those in our Indigenous communities and celebrate their resilience and culture. Here are a few ways to get involved and commemorate this special month in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Conversations with American Indian Leaders and Activists


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In partnership with the American Indian Cultural District (AICD) and SF Heritage, a cross-generational panel of American Indian leaders and activists will be hosted on Wednesday, November 16. Panelists include Dr. Lanada War Jack, Gregg Castro, and Mytia Zavala. Topics discussed include developing a cultural center on Alcatraz Island, the next steps for the Ramaytush Ohlone, and the legacy of the American Indian Film Festival. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds will benefit SF Heritage’s partner organizations and their American Indian cultural preservation work in SF. The event will be held at the Haas Lilienthal House, a three-minute walk away from our apartments at Clay Park Towers!

The 47th American Indian Film Festival | November 4-12

Hosting its 47th film festival this year, from November 4-12, experience films by Native and non-Native filmmakers that amplify the stories and voices of Indigenous people. Visual representation in film is incredibly important and the mission of the American Indian Film Festival (AIFI) is to bring forward Native viewpoints and stories that have been historically excluded from mainstream media. Tickets are available now so come out and celebrate 47 years of advocating for the positive representation of Native people in film.

Visit the “We are on Native Land” Mural


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Located on JFK drive, this powerful mural marks the entrance to Golden Gate Park at Stanyan. Designed by native artists, the project intends to bring awareness of what it means to be on and connected to the land, and honor Indigenous animals, plants, and people as the first stewards of Golden Gate Park in Yelamu. A less than 5-minute drive from our apartments at 6720 Fulton, as you go about November, make time to visit this mural that honors the contributions and wisdom of Native people, plants, and animals that have shaped the wonderful space we know as Golden Gate Park.

Authentic Native American Food at Wahpepah Kitchen

Wahpepah’s Kitchen opened last October and was the first sit-down Native American restaurant in Oakland. Chef and owner Crystal Wahpepah, a member of the Kickapoo tribe, has appeared on Food Network’s Chopped and is a James Beard Award Emerging Finalist. Wahpepah’s Kitchen is one of only a handful of Indigenous restaurants in the US, and her restaurant serves traditional dishes including acorn waffles, corn soup with squash, and blue corn bison meatballs. Make a reservation for breakfast or lunch and support a Native American business owner.

Arts of Americas Collection at de Young Museum 


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The de Young museum in Golden Gate Park has an Arts of the Americas collection which houses a wide array of works made by Indigenous artists. From ceramics and sculptures, to architectural remains, this collection gives us a look into the artistic and cultural practices of ancient peoples from Mesoamerica and the Andes. Only a 10-minute drive from our apartments at 179 Clifford Terrace, the de Young museum is $15 for adults Tuesday-Sunday and is free every Saturday to all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. Reserve your tickets online here!

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