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Celebrate Earth Month at our 2nd annual California Native Homeland Festival

Celebrate Earth Month at our 2nd annual California Native Homeland Festival

Free event on April 27 honors Indigenous art, culture, and connection to the land and water

Two women holding straw for weaving baskets.


SAN FRANCISCO (April 19, 2024) – The Exploratorium is celebrating Earth Month on April 27 with its 2nd annual California Native Homeland Festival, presented in partnership with the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone and the American Indian Cultural District. The all-day festival spotlights Indigenous artistic and cultural practices that come from deep traditions knowing and living with the California landscape.

The California Native Homeland Festival is free and includes a market and demonstrations – including basket weaving, soaproot brush making, and more – on the Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s market welcomes several new artists and features traditional tule, ti-aat and redwood canoe boats, as well as opportunities to learn from boatmakers about their connection to the land and water. 

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m, join us for conversations in the Kanbar Forum on traditional boat making, gathering practices in the changing climate, and “two-eyed seeing,” a term coined by Indigenous scholars to describe approaching science through both Western and Indigenous lenses.

A group of people gathered outdoors, some seated and some standing, in a casual setting.

The event is curated in partnership with Gregg Castro (Ramaytush Ohlone/T’rowt’raahl Salinan/Rumsen), Cultural Director of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone, and Jennifer Bates (Northern Mewuk), California Indian Arts and Culture Festival Curator and Mewuk basket weaver.

For the full list of artists and presenters, please visit the California Native Homeland Festival event page. Museum admission tickets are required for access to the Exploratorium’s other galleries. 

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The Exploratorium is a portal to the astonishing scientific phenomena that animate our world and shape our actions. We create extraordinary learning experiences that ignite curiosity, upend perceptions, and inspire brave leaps forward. Since 1969, the Exploratorium’s museum in San Francisco has been home to a renowned collection of exhibits that draw together science, art, and human perception, and that have changed the way science is taught. Our award-winning programs provide a forum for the public to engage with artists, scientists, policymakers, educators, and tinkerers to explore the world around them. We celebrate diversity of thought, inspired investigation, and collaboration across all boundaries.

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