California Indian Studies
The California Native Studies Certificate
Program was developed by the College of
Marin in collaboration with the Miwok
Archeological Preserve of Marin
(MAPOM) and the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Our goal is to promote understanding of the culture of California Native peoples, their skills and their environmental wisdom. You are welcome to enroll in just one or any number of the classes listed below. If you wish to obtain a Certificate of Completion, please see following Certificate Requirements.
The California Indian Studies Certificate Program started with a big kickoff at the Kule loklo Big time festival in July 2012. Our first Certificate of Completion Award Ceremony is scheduled for Big Time on July 20, 2013. The next one will be in July, 2014. The required class, Overview of California Indian Culture and History, is scheduled three times each with a different emphasis. Electives are offered once during each academic year. Classes are listed in the Community Education brochures which come out four times a year on the same day as the registration dates listed below. The year-long overview will be available on the MAPOM website (www.MAPOM.org).
Complete the required Overview of
California Indian Culture and History plus
four electives to be eligible for a Certificate
of Completion. This list of classes may be
changed without prior notice.
Core Class (required)
- Overview of California Indian Culture and History
Electives may include but are not limited to the following (any four)
- California Basket-Weaving with Lucy and Julia Parker
- California Indian Baskets
- Indigenous Cultural Practices
- Introduction to Paleo Technology
- Introductory Flintknapping
- Petroglyphs and Introduction to Miwok Cultural History
- Present State of Tribal Affairs
- Weaving a Pomo Style Coiled Willow and Sedge Basket
- Betty Goerke.
Betty is the author of Chief Marin:
Leader, Rebel and Legend (2007) and Discovering Native People at Point Reyes (2012).
- Ralph Shanks, MA (Anthropology). Ralph is widely regarded
as a leading authority on California
Indian baskets and the author of Indian Baskets of Central California: Art, Culture and
History (2006) and California Indian Baskets
- Julia Parker has been demonstrating traditional
basketweaving for forty years and
her baskets appear in museums all over
the world. She believes that, by teaching
students to weave, she’s not only offering
them a sacred skill but also connecting
them in a magical way to our history and
environment. Julia’s daughter, Lucy Parker,
has learned from the master and is a
capable teacher in her own right.
- Ken Peek has been flintknapping for over twenty years and is a lifelong student
of California history, geology, archeology,
and primitive skills. He has presented
numerous flintknapping workshops and
demonstrations for the East Bay Regional
Parks District in Henry Cowell State Park,
at Kule Loklo in the Point Reyes National
Seashore, and in public schools.
- Edward Willie has been learning
from other California Indian basket makers
for over two decades and now teaches
adult classes in the art. Over the years he
feels he’s learned the most from the students
of the highly respected Mabel Mckay,
as well as members of the California
Indian Basketweavers Association.
- John Littleton. John holds master degrees in both Education and Cultural Anthropology and is now retired after some forty years of teaching. In the classroom he focused considerable attention on an appreciation of California Indian cultures and the importance of environmental education. John developed many of the approaches listed in the course description in helping both adults and young people understand the connection between Native Peoples and the natural world. You can check out his new children's book on related themes at: www.rampageofthegluttonmonsters.com.
Registration starts Mon., Feb. 25.
Registration starts Mon., May 13.
Cultural History, Present State of Tribal Affairs
Guest lecturers include:
Eva Salazar (Kumeyaay)
Bradley Marshall (Hupa)
Vanessa Esquivido (Wintu)
Sherrie Smith-Ferri (Dry Creek Pomo/Coast Miwok)
The Red Barn,
Point Reyes National Seashore,
Traditional Acorn Preparation
Lois Connor (North Fork Mono and Chuckchansi/Yokuts)
Point Reyes National Seashore,
(includes $40 materials fee)
NEW Petroglyphs and Miwok Cultural History
Instructor: Betty Goerke has taught anthropology
and archeology at the College of Marin
for over thirty years. She has conducted
archaeological fieldwork in California,
Colorado, Greece, Holland, Kenya and
India. In 2007 she published Chief Marin:
Leader, Rebel and Legend: A History of
Marin County’s Namesake And His People,
which has been widely acclaimed as the
authoritative biography of this pivotal
individual in Miwok culture and history.
She has recently published a new book titled
Discovering Native People at Point Reyes.
Ring Mountain in Tiburon,
(Includes $10 materials fee)
Backup rain date:
Saturday, Apr. 20
Apply and Register
For more information on how to Apply and Register Online, click here.
Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education
Telephone: (415) 485-9305
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Technical Contact: Cheryl Lynn Carlson, Program Specialist, Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education, 415.485.9311
Content Responsible: Dr. Jason Lau, Director, Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education, 415.485.9316