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California Native Homeland Festival

A pair of brown hands weaves a basket
California Native Homeland Festival
Join us for a celebration of art, culture, and connection to the land and water on April 27, 2024.

As a part of our ongoing inquiry into the interaction between science, culture, and art, the Exploratorium invites you to a day of celebration and programming in partnership with the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone and American Indian Cultural District. 

The celebration will be a sharing of Indigenous artistic and cultural practices that come from deep traditions knowing and living with the California landscape. This year, we will welcome several new artists, and feature traditional boats on the Plaza as well as opportunities to learn from boatmakers about their connection to the land and water.

This festival is curated in partnership with Gregg Castro (Ramaytush Ohlone, T’rowt’raahl Salinan, Rumsen), Cultural Director for the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone, and Jennifer Bates (Northern Sierra Mewuk), Cultural Festival Curator and Basketweaver.

Market and Demonstrations
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
With Carson Bates, George Blake, Lois Conner-Bohna, Dyann Eckstein, L. Frank Manriquez, Meyo Marrufo, Rico Miranda, Julia & Ursula Parker, Dixie Rogers, Anthony Steele, Amora Stevenot, and Redbird Willie

Stop by Pier 15, where Native artists and culture bearers will be sharing their artistic practices and knowledge.

Water Is Homeland: Traditional Boat Making
2:00 p.m.
Kanbar Forum
With George Blake, L. Frank Manriquez, and Redbird Willie

Join us in conversation with three traditional canoe makers as they describe their work, tools, techniques, and the significance of their practice for culture and place.

Gathering in the Changing Climate, Revisited
3:00 p.m.
Kanbar Forum
With Jennifer Bates, Lois Conner-Bohna, Dyann Eckstein, Julia and Ursula Parker, and Dixie Rogers

California Native culture bearers and artists have been gathering plants and other materials since time immemorial. Come learn about their practice and how climate change is impacting these long-held practices.

Two-Eyed Seeing and Indigenous Science
4:00 p.m.
Kanbar Forum
With Gregg Castro and Shannon Tushingham

Join us to discuss the future of Western-Indigenous collaboration at science museums through "two-eyed seeing," a term coined by Indigenous scholars to describe approaching science through both Western and Indigenous lenses.