NACC Programs and Photo Archive
Abalone, the NACC online cultural center
Bev Ortiz of EBRPD and a beautiful elder
Julia Parker has offered her wisdom and humor at several NACC events over the years.lick here to add your text.
California Indian basketry is a NACC focus activity.ick here to add your text.
Events and performances are also a NACC focus activity.
A beautiful teacher showing folks how its done the right way.
NACC actively seeks ways to protect sacred sites in California.lick here to add your text.
NACC sponsors workshops for children and adults to learn California's native art forms.
NACC co-sponsored Sherman Alexie and his star at the Frameline Film Festival 2002, part of Native Spring Festival.  Alexie's film,"The Business of Fancy Dancing," won the audience favorite award.Click here to add your text.
Mayor's Office liaison Lawrence Ozoa at NACC's Equinox 2000 event, which featured musical artists Keith Secola, Annie Humphreys, and Deborah Iyall (former punk princess of Romeo Void).Click here to add your text.
Lawrence Ozoa, Pamela Shields, Andrew Brother Elk:  past and present Board members.Click here to add your text.
NACC collaborated with the Neighborhood Parks Council in 2001 on Native Art in neighborhood parks.  (photos: click here).ck here to add your text.
NACC sponsored an informal film fest outside near Muwekma Ohlone Park in 2001.Click here to add your text.
Dance and songs are a focus support activity for NACC.
NACC is helping California Indian peoples to have a voice in the telling of California history, including the rarely told stories of ethnic cleansing, genocide, and extermination in California.
California history includes learning more about the lives of indigenous peoples who have inhabited the land for more than 10,000 years.
NACC seeks to restore California dance and regalia art forms.
NACC's long range plan is to continue to work with City, state, and federal agencies to realize long-range plans for an international museum, cultural center, archaeological repository, and gathering space.
NACC works with local schools on special outside class presentations.
Many "Native Spring" events are held outside to honor the Earth in ints renewal cycle.
NACC sponsored the Round Dance in 2001, a Creative Work Fund project led by artist Abena Songbird.
NACC actively supports California tribes and tribal cultural events.
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The mission of NACC is to support Native culture in its broadest sense, both for the benefit of Native American people and the general public. While supporting all indigenous culture of North America, Alaska, and Hawaii, our current programming focus is on California Indian culture, especially as it is expressed through traditional dance, song, basketry, and rock art. 

For 2003-2004 NACC programs are divided into the following areas:

1.  Indigenous Dance Program
This new and exciting program is currently under development in 2003-04.  For more details and images, visit the DANCE section of this website.

2.  Public Programs
These public events raise awareness about indigenous cultural issues.  Chief among these is our annual "Native Spring Festival," which showcases the rich variety of Native cultural offerings in and around San Francisco in connection with the Earth's renewal cycle.  In the past several years, the "Native Spring Festival" has grown from a dozen to over 115 programs in 2003. See NATIVE SPRING 03 programs.  NACC sponsors additional individual events throughout the year: see OTHER EVENTS 02-03.  Total attendance at 2001-02 programs was 35,175, and 36,247 in 2002-03.

3.  Special Projects
NACC collaborates with other organizations to commission or sponsor important new works of art, including performances, events, art shows, musical compositions, and visual art pieces.  NACC's partners include foundations, tribes, agencies, companies, broadcasters, and individuals.

4.  Permanent Home Programs
NACC has a long-term need to obtain a permanent home for its activities.  Several on-going activities support this need, including participation in local planning processes, liaison work with public agencies, and outreach for facilities funding.  NACC has developed a strategic plan for its permanent home, which includes a 'living museum' of indigenous cultures, a community center for Bay Area indigenous people, and an ambassador lodge and roundhouse for state tribes.  These activities will draw many people from around the state and the world.

5.  Education
To meet the need for more awareness about Native cultures, NACC collaborates with local universities (such as SFSU, UCB, and Stanford) and local teachers (from San Francisco Unified School District and other localities) to offer a wide variety of educational materials for students and teachers on Abalone, its online cultural center.  All materials are downloadable, raise useful classroom questions, and relate to state American Indian curricular requirements for 3rd-4th grades, and history requirements for 8th-10th graders. New materials are added regularly.  NACC also offers educational events, lectures, conferences, and classes that draw people to San Francisco's rich indigenous cultural offerings.

6.  Website
By far our most popular program, NACC sponsors Abalone, the online website that serves as our virtual cultural center.  Abalone includes event listings for the Native Spring Festival, educational materials, art galleries, online literature by noted authors, and ways you can get involved with NACC.  Our website will continue to grow in the future with added galleries, links, travel information for San Francisco visitors, and educational materials.  Online unique viewers total an average of over 18,000 per month; online hits average 211,000 per month.

NACC was first formed in 1964 as part of the broader civil rights movement for American Indians, which had its birth here in the Bay Area with the Alcatraz occupation. After a hiatus in the early 1990s, NACC was reestablished with a new mission in 1995 by a core group of members from the Indian Center of All Nations (ICAN).  It was a leader in the fight to secure more equitable funding from the City of San Francisco for historically underrepresented cultural centers and community arts organizations.  It helped secure the legislation crafting the Hotel Tax Fund line item for cultural centers and cultural equity programs in 1996.  It was a leader in the public campaign for bond funds to improve and expand cultural centers in 1997.  NACC helped form the Coalition for Community Cultural Centers, the organization that receives and reviews funding for San Francisco's sponsored cultural centers.   Among its past projects include collaborations with American Indian Contemporary Arts, the American Indian Film Festival, InkClan, SOMARTS, and other fine Bay Area organizations.

NACC is funded by grants from the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, foundations, tribes, and individuals.  We could use your support too!  Contact us at for details.

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