A beloved Father’s Day tradition celebrating the creativity of North America’s indigenous peoples, the 19th Annual Native Contemporary Arts Festival showcases a diverse program of Native music, dance, spoken word performances and crafts. The family-friendly festival opens and closes with sacred invocations by songstress L Frank (Tongva Ahacmem) and features musician Ras K’Dee (Pomo); blues duo Twice As Good (Pomo); dance and song from Winnama Ba-Kay Yachma (Pomo), and ever-popular All Nations Singers and Medicine Warrior Dancers (intertribal). The program is emcee’d by comedian Charlie Ballard, and coordinated by Janeen Antoine (Sicangu Lakota). All young-at-heart creatives are invited to participate in art activities with artists Christy Galbadon (Wappo) with hand drilling beads, Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Ohlone) making talking sticks, Celeste Aguilar (Navajo) making beaded bracelets, and Jeffrey Martinez (Lakota) making stamped prints.
The NCAF is presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in partnership with American Indian Contemporary Arts, with generous support of the San Francisco Arts Commission.