Indigenous festivals and a history lesson in Oakland – 71Bait

Hard to believe that June is almost over. But before you all start thinking about the 4th of July plans, there are some great cultural events this weekend.

Two festivals on Saturday offer opportunities to celebrate Indigenous cultures – the first Native American Summer Music and Culture Festival and the Oakland Maya Mam Festival. For Oakland history lovers, there’s a virtual event hosted by local historian and podcaster Liam O’Donoghue. There is also a new exhibition at Camron-Stanford House and a screening at the New Parkway Theater with an amazing documentary showing how immigrants navigate the healthcare system.

Last but not least, while it’s not part of our recap, this Thursday, June 23rd at 7pm is The Oaklanside’s own event, Culture Makers. We will talk about food justice and the contributions of immigrants in kitchens across the country. Regenerative Farming and much more! Tickets are still available. Here’s a preview of our latest Culture Makers event.

Don’t forget to apply extra sunscreen if you venture outside and wear a mask as mask requirements remain indoors.

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Gadgets Galore! Transformation of the American household Exhibition at Camron Stanford House

Photo credit: Camron-Stanford House

Owners, stereoscopes and graphophones are not devices that most are familiar with. But in the 19th century every household wanted them. These now-odd devices led to the invention of many common household items we can’t live without today, like coffee makers and washing machines. The antiquated items are part of a touring exhibition curated by Exhibit Envoy and now on display at Camron-Stanford. Visitors can also see items used by the people who once lived and worked as servants at Camron-Stanford House and learn how they used the technology of the time.

Every Sunday and by appointment, now until the last weekend of September.

A journey through lost Oakland

An illustrated map of Oakland shows extinct flora, fauna and points of interest. Photo credit: Image courtesy of East Bay Yesterday

Liam O’Donoghue is best known for his work as the podcast’s host and producer East Bay yesterday. His historic Oakland waterfront cruise often sells out quickly. A few years ago, O’Donoghue collaborated with artist TL Simons on a collaborative project called Long Lost Oakland. The project drew on the history O’Donoghue documented about the sites, plants and animals of a long-gone Oakland. This week you can learn more about it Long Lost Oakland and how our often-forgotten past relates to the city we live in today by attending this virtual event.

Thursday, June 23, 3:30 p.m., virtual, to register take part

Many Nations in One Country: Native American Summer Music and Culture Festival

A scene from the monthly Native American Red Market in Fruitvale. Photo credit: Amir Aziz

This weekend, La Escuelita hosts an all-day Native American music and culture festival. The celebrations include Native American musicians, food vendors, artisans, dancers and other entertainers from across the country. Artists include Oakland’s own All Nations Singers, one of Northern California’s oldest pow-wow singing groups; Oakland-based Native American rapper C-Log, who will make his stage debut; and Oakland’s Doug Duncan and the Sonoma County Pomo Dance Group, who will share tribal dances and songs of the Pomo tribe. The event will be hosted by comedian Jackie Kelliaa. Stop by to learn more about the tribes and their tremendous cultural contribution.

Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission, La Escuelita Elementary School, 1050 2nd Ave.

Oakland Maya Mam Festival

Members of the local Guatemalan community perform a traditional Mam dance. Credit: Bonnie Burt

Over the past decade, due to poverty and violence in that country, Oakland has seen an increase in the number of Mam people from Guatemala, many of whom have taken up residence in Fruitvale and other parts of East Oakland. These Guatemalans are now finding ways to keep their culture and traditions alive, even when living in another country. The first Oakland Mam cultural festival took place in 2018. This year, the Mam community will host an all-day celebration at the Peralta Hacienda in East Oakland. There will be live music featuring the marimba, Guatemala’s national instrument, traditional dance performances by Maya Mam Cultural Exchange, home-made Guatemalan food and drinks, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about indigenous Mam tribes from Todos Santos Cuchumatán, San Juan Atitán, Santiago Chimaltenango and San Pedro Necta.

Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free admission, Peralta Hacienda2465 34th Ave

A place to breathe Demonstration at the New Parkway

Norma Calmo and Edgar Salazar-Velazquez, Street Level Health Project collaborators, as shown in the film.
Recognition: Underexposed Films

Local filmmakers Michelle Grace Steinberg and Robyn Bykofsky follow the work of Oakland’s Street Level Health Project in their new documentary, which they began filming back in 2016. The duo completed production on the document in July 2020, and next week audiences will have the opportunity to see a screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and representatives of the Street Level Health Project. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the organization that helps immigrant day laborers by helping them with food, work and health care.

Monday, June 27, 7 p.m. $12-$15The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St.

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