Sonoma County Indian Health Project
144 Stony Point Road • Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Dept: (707) 521-4502 • Fax: (707) 526-1016

SCIHP Healthy Traditions Department
Native Youth Pomo Dance Group Performance Information

Hello Fellow Natives and Community Members,

My name is Joe Salinas, I am a staff member in the Healthy Traditions Department of Sonoma County Indian Health Project in Santa Rosa. I was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. My family and I are Pomo from Stewarts Point Rancheria (Kashia). I have been a youth football, basketball, and baseball Coach for the last three years. Through lifestyle coaching, counseling and support I will work with the Native Youth to identify their culture, heritage, health and wellness also teaching values & morals to the children through native traditions.

Currently we have gathered our urban native youth together from surrounding Pomo tribes to form our Native Youth Pomo Dance group. Now that the group has been together for a while we are open to opportunities to share and educate audiences about our culture and traditions. We have about fifteen male and fifteen female youth dancers in our group totaling thirty youth, altogether. If you, someone, an organization you are part of, or if you know of an organization that may be interested in a presentation please contact me, so I may check our schedule for a performance opportunity. Our Youth are always looking for an chance to share and be proud of the knowledge they have learned about our Pomo culture. We do not dance for money, but we do ask for a transportation or travel stipend, food for the group, and a possible donation to help the group with any future materials for regalia items. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration of our Youth and our Culture. Hopefully, we will be given an opportunity to perform for you and share our culture, and be able to help educate all audiences interested in our Native Traditions.

This is the youth group website. If you have time please check it out. There are also orange flicker buttons on side along with buttons on the menu bar.  All you have to do is double click on website below and it will take you right there. Thank you for all your support,
To learn more about our amazing Healthy Traditions Department and Native Youth Programs, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact me directly at (707) 521-4534.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely, Joe Salinas

Joe Salinas, Youth Program Coordinator
Healthy Traditions Department