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tv   American Indian Heritage Month Celebration  SFGTV  November 26, 2021 12:00pm-1:31pm PST

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>> and the office of mayor london breed would like to welcome you all to the american indian heritage celebration. my name is ariana. i was born and raised here in san francisco american indian community. i currently work at the california consortium and serve on the board of directors of the american indians of san francisco. i have the immense honor of being your masters of ceremony this evening. [cheering and applause] >> before we get into our program, i want to acknowledge mr. tom phillips, who could not be here this evening but i attended this event for almost
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my entire life and i remember seeing mr. phillips as the emcee here every year. it's an honor to follow in his footsteps. [cheering and applause] >> i know i have a couple years to get up to his caliber as an emcee but i'm going to do my best tonight. at this time, we would like to acknowledge that we are on the unceded land of the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula. in accordance with their tradition, they have never seeded, loss, or forgot their responsibility as the caretakers of this place and all people that reside in their traditional territory. we recognize we benefit from living on their homeland. we honor the relatives and elders of the community and recognize their sovereign right
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as first peoples. now i want to introduce -- for our opening prayer. >> i just want to open up with a prayer for everyone. we've all been through trying times and i just want to ask the ancestors of this land that we know of for the ancestors and ask them for permission to share our songs and open up with a prayer. for the ancestors, i ask your permission to be able to share what we have tonight with all goodness, with love, kindness. [speaking indigenous language]
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>> for this beautiful gathering and those who participated in making it happen, for those who will participate, all those who came to honor us as native people from all over this world and for this land, our ancestral land as native people. i ask you to continue to bless and watch over everyone, continue to watch over and give good health and protect everyone from all harm and danger and we ask that you bring your sweet spirit down so that we can enjoy one another with the laughter and the happiness and the stories. i ask tonight that everyone that walks in this building that you will protect them, you will watch over and guide them and help them to understand our way of life. >> thank you for that beautiful
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opening prayer. with that, it's time to bring our dancers in for our grand entry. i know you were all standing but please stand if you are able and we will go into our grand entry. all nations, please take it away.
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>> let's hear a round of applause for these beautiful singers and beautiful dancers. [applause]
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>> let's have a round of applause for our singers and our dancers. beautiful singing, beautiful dancing. [applause] >> we will see more of them later in the program.
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thank you dancers for sharing that with us and thank you singers for being here. at this time, i would like to call up my mentor and executive director of the american indian cultural center san francisco to offer a few opening remarks. [cheering and applause] [speaking indigenous language] >> thank you arianna for being our emcee tonight. we wanted to acknowledge that usually this time of year tom is here with us and he's been our emcee for a very long time.
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he is not able to be here, but we wanted to acknowledge tom and just send him good spirits and if you all could around of applause for tom phillips. [applause] >> thank you. it's an honor for me to be up here in front of you as your host here tonight. i want to thank all those that made this happen tonight. it's been a really tough year for -- well, year and a half for all of us throughout covid-19. this is a special time for us because we're able to come together and be together and hear these songs and hear these prayers and just honor our community. i just want to say i feel really blessed that we get to do that today. i also want to thank the all
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nations drum for being here tonight. if we could get a round of applause for all nations drum. [cheering and applause] >> all nations has been performing for us every year, so it's really special to have them here tonight. also, for all of our dancers, if we can give a round of applause for all of our dancers, a big oh for our california dancers. [cheering and applause] >> tonight is going to be very special as we're going to be honoring the american indian cultural center advisory committee. can i see the hands of where our advisory committee is [applause] >> it's very special to be able to honor them tonight. as executive director of the american indian cultural center, i wouldn't be able to do this work without their guidance,
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their input, and all of their historical knowledge of the american indian center and all the work they have done to make sure the american indian community is visible here in san francisco. i just want to thank them and it's exciting to honor them tonight. i also want to shout-out to twice as good tonight. we have them here performing. so after -- yes, after tonight, we'll be able to hear some good music from them. i also want to remind everybody because of covid-19, we ask that you do keep your mask on, you practice social distancing, and unfortunately we're not able to have food this year, but we have a dessert for you on the way out. we want to thank verna for that from friendship house. thank you. [applause] >> as i look around, i want to thank everybody here. i see so many people who have
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supported the american indian community here and i want to say thank you. i am really excited for tonight. i see the american indian health center here, friendship house here, the american indian cultural district, indian ed, so just want to say hello to everybody and thank you for being here. i am going to hand the mic over the arianna who will introduce the mayor. >> thank you april for taking time to share those words with us. as many of you know, it's difficult advocating for our community, advocating for our people at a government level, whether it's local, state, or federal. it's not something that is easy for us to do. we try, but it gets easier when we have elected officials that will go to vat for our community. in san francisco, we're lucky to have elected officials that do such thing. at this time i have the great honor of calling up mayor london
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breed to give a few remarks. thank you so much for being here with us this evening. [cheering and applause] >> thank you so much. it is really great to see so many people back at city hall and it is especially delightful to celebrate american indian heritage month in san francisco. [cheering and applause] >> we know the disparity that has existed with this community for far too long. that's why it's important for me here in san francisco to make a very powerful statement. when this community came together and advocated for
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resources, the city made an unprecedented investment of $3.9 million to help -- [cheering] >> to help with various organizations, businesses, health and wealth and disparities that exist in this community. it wasn't what the city said we wanted to do, it was what this community said that they wanted to see. [cheering and applause] >> and as someone who come from a community where sometimes people aren't listening, it is so important that we as elected leaders, we open our ears and listen with our hearts and understand the challenges and make the appropriate investment. our president joe biden just held the first tribal nations summit in the white house in this country.
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[cheering] >> one of the first american indians is serving as secretary of the interior in this country. [cheering] >> extraordinary gains, but we know that there is so much more work to do. just recently i met with a number of people to talk about a building, a historic building that centers around heritage, culture, housing, a place here potentially in the american indian historic district and i am committed to doing everything i can to spot this -- support this endeavor so the american indian cultural center april, has a place to call home. [cheering and applause] >> there is a lot of power when
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we come together. there is a lot of power and love in this room for transformative change. so i am looking forward to continuing the work that we know has to be done for that transformative change. april knows that i, myself use to run a cultural center. i know how hard it is to bring people together, to create great events like this, but i also understand that it is important that we continue to do this, that we continue to up lift our community, that we continue to support and up lift our artists, that we maintain a lot of those traditions that need to be passed on to the next generation. so today, as we celebrate here in city hall, we acknowledge that. we acknowledge what we need to
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continue to do every single year to empower and support this community. i want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of it. it is truly my honor. april, i want to -- at this time, on behalf of the city and county of san francisco, present you with a certificate officially declaring it american indian heritage month in the city and county of san francisco. thank you all so much. [cheering and applause] >> now let's celebrate! [cheering and applause]
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>> thank you mayor breed. can we get another round of applause for our mayor. [applause] >> at this time, we want to honor the american indian advisory committee. so we want to ask them all to come up here. [applause]
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>> the american indian advisory committee has been a key component in our community for helping establish the american indian cultural center as a virtual center. they played a key part in establishing an american indian cultural district here in san francisco, so we're here to honor them here today. if you like, we can have you stay down here. it's up to you if you can come up here. okay. come on up. i just want to be mindful. >> so the american indian cultural center will be honoring you today with an award and some gifts. i would like to share that with you. can you bring up the awards?
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so everyone on the american indian cultural center advisory committee has played a huge part in making our cultural center what it is now. it is a virtual center and they played an immense role in getting us to where we are today. i'm just going to read the certificate of recognition that each of our committee members will be receiving today. so it reads, to celebrate american indian heritage month and in honor of your years and in some cases decades of work on behalf of the american indian cultural center of the san francisco bay area for your dedication -- on behalf of the american indian cultural center for your work on international indigenous communities and tribal communities. we the board of directors and excoup uhtive director of the american indian cultural center acknowledge and declare today
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november 18, 2021, american indian advisory council day and honor all american indian cultural advisory board who advanced our effort to create a new cultural center for the san francisco bay area. we honor and give thanks for your kinship, knowledge, and leadership that has led to a virtual cultural center with an achievable vision and achievable plan for a space for the next seven generations. thank you for your stewardship. [cheering and applause] >> the american indian cultural center would like to recognize november 18, 2021, as the american indian advisory council day. so we're going to honor you this day for all of your work. thank you. i'm going to read each of your names and will be handing you an
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award and necklace and all these beautiful gifts. so alberta snider. [applause] >> debbie santiago. [applause]
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>> the next honoree is christine anton but she couldn't be here so her daughter melanie anton is accepting this award in her place. [applause] >> michelle anton. [applause]
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>> mary jean robertson. [applause] >> bismarck delgado. [applause] >> janine lawa. [applause] >> last but not least, the last honoree is randy burns who could not be here unfortunately be that doesn't mean we can't give him a round of applause. [applause] >> in addition to the
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certificate and necklaces, the staff also obtained these beautiful shaws for all our honorees so we will take a moment to shawl everyone. ls fo honorees so we will take a moment to shawl everyone. >> as many of you know, but some may not, every tribe has their own tradition and customs for honoring someone. intertribal communities, we do the best of what we know and what we got. in our way, we honor with gifts and shawls and blankets, all types of things. that's why we have these gifts for our honorees.
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>> we would like to call upon all nations for an honor song. please stand if you are able.
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>> thank you all nations for that honor song and thank you so much to our advisory committee.
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you all may be seated now. [applause] >> as april mentioned earlier, this past year and a half or however many months it's been has hit our community so hard. our community, unfortunately we lost a lot of local heroes this past year, but it doesn't mean we can't take the time to honor them. that's what we want to do at this time.
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we want to honor three amazing local heroes who we unfortunately lost, but their legacy continues to live on. i will go ahead and read their bios. i will call up their families at this time, so can i please have the family make your way up as i continue reading their bios. so violent, who was a staff member there and was known as a powerful community elder. she was a member of the tribe. violent dedicated 25 years of her life to the american indian health center. for several of those years, she worked as a clinical director of the family and child guidance, the behavioral health department. her commitment to the community was so strong and evident that even when violet retired, she arranged her schedule so she
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could continue work one full day a week, packing her schedule with six or seven clients each day. we remember her wisdom, loving smile, warmth, sense of humor and love for her family and daughter. please give a round of applause for violet as we present her family with a certificate from the american indian cultural center. [applause] >> we're also honoring janet king, who we lost earlier this year. it is with love and honor that we remember janet king who was of the tribe of north carolina. she was many things to many people, a friend, daughter, mother, sister, community keeper, leader, mentor, and elder. in her life, as well as in her work, she was warm, gentle, and
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clear and supported individuals across all spectrums. she was a pillar for our community who advocated for the rights and benefits of native american people and educated staff members, lawmakers and funders on topics ranging from historical trauma to culturally specific interventions. the native community is saddened by janet's untimely passing and will continue the work she pursued. the lessons she taught us are also with us. [applause] >> our third local hero is helen wakazu. we were deeply saddened by the loss of a great leader. she is from the navajo nation. her legacy lives on today. she was the chief executive officer of a residential substance abuse organization for
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american indian that she cofounded in 1963. the c.e.o. of n.a.c. and helen were married for almost 40 years. she was the beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunty. she was motivated by compassion and helped people who lost their way in life to find it. through their work, people connected to what had been lost. helen had a twinkle in her eye and made you feel like you are your best self, even if you didn't know her very well. she reminded us that our ancestors planted seeds and paved way for us to continue. at this time, the staff will be presenting the families of these individuals with a certificate that i will read at this time. [applause]
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>> the certificate reads, to celebrate american indian heritage month and in honor of the years and decades of work on behalf of the american indian community of the san francisco bay area, intertribal communities and international indigenous communities, we the board of directors and executive director of the american indian cultural center acknowledge a lifetime of work and dedication across indian country whose efforts advance the attention to the lack of healthcare and health disparities for the american indian people in california. we give thanks to their leadership for laying the foundation for future generations to be leaders in the american indian community in the bay area. now presenting the certificate to the family of helen wakazu. [applause]
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>> and to the family of violent lundford. [applause] >> and to the family of janet king. [applause] >> at this time, we're going to give the families each a moment to speak on the legacy that their loved ones create in this world. first we're going to the family of violet.
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>> instead, martin wakazu will speak for violet. [applause] >> thank you, my name is martin. i first met violet in the mid '70s. she was a heck of a softball player, but she always had that one quality in her, inside her. she was always a positive person, always encouraging others, talking positively, but her culture, her family and her friends. she worked for the american indian health center for 25 years. 25 years, a quarter of a century.
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her perseverance, courage, and compassion was evident in any interaction she had with a client as a therapist. on behalf of the american indian health center and violet's family, thank you american indian cultural district. >> cultural center. >> we're the same thing. >> okay. [applause] >> thank you marty for those words. now we're going to call up helen's daughter crystal to share a few words. >> good evening everyone. okay, on behalf of my family, i would like to thank mayor london breed, the american indian cultural center and the city of
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san francisco for recognizing our mom for her contribution to the native community in the san francisco bay area. my mom was born on the navajo reservation. she came to san francisco at age 18 after a government boarding school in utah. she worked as a housekeeper and nanny, a retail store stock clerk, pricing and stocking dolls and airline safety equipment maker and tester at c.j. henry and volunteering for the church. she participated in gatherings at the american indian center, where she and others transplanted here after boarding school formed a small, but tight-knit community. she worked as the friendship house receptionist and bookkeeper and then c.e.o. she dedicated her life's work to the friendship house.
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senator mark leno called it the jewel on jewel avenue. she helped others reconnect with their spirituality and reuniting families. mom would say, what else would i want to do with my life? after mom's passing, governor gavin newsom wrote us and said it's hard to measure just how much of an impact she has had on our city and the state of california, but the thousands of healthy and recovered families are any indication, it's one that will be felt for generations to come. she would love that. mom's love for her people was pure and genuine, as was her love for the city of san francisco. while she was born in new mexico. she considered the san francisco bay area her home. we are truly thankful to all of you, the mayor, the american indian cultural center, the beautiful native american people, and my mom would
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enthusiastically say first nations, the lovely dancers that always made her so proud and mostly to her city of san francisco. we appreciate your honoring our phenomenal mom's memory and continuing her legacy. [applause] >> we would now like to pass the mic to the daughter of janet king, if you would like to share a few words. >> hi, my name is coralee. janet is my mom. i want to say thank you to the american indian cultural center for giving her this honor today. i think that, you know, my mom was -- she really knew how to
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embody that special dynamic medicine that so many indigenous women do, in that she really balanced her tactics for justice. in the public arena, she brought her aggression against the injustices of the settler state. in those more private moments that she had many more of, with her relatives, with all of you, with me, she had a more gentle and i would say even more potent medicine. she had a way of using her decades of experience in the community to bring a story forward that would be just what you needed to hear, and that would let you know that you're not alone, that you're not crazy, and that you're going to be okay. i know that so many people in this room have had those moments and had those stories with her and i want to especially thank all of you for continuing to let
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her legacy live on in the way that you embody those memories for the rest of your lives and you hand them to your children and the children in our community. i have a little book at home that i had for 20 years and you know, those of you who know my mom, she is really funny. i would write down things that she would say that were really funny or sometimes really profound. i was looking at it the other day. there was a quote from her that said, this is her voice. she said i'll know that i met my life's goal, i have achieved my life's goal if the generations that come after me don't have to suffer as much as the generations before them. even though her life was too short, her death was a shock to all of us, i also know that she did achieve her life's goal. so, i just want to thank you all
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for being part of that journey with her and with us. on behalf of my mother and our family, thank you. [applause] >> thank you for those words. we now like to ask our all nations singers to please offer a memorial song and please stand if you are able to.
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[music] [music]
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>> thank you all nations for that memorial song. at this time, we're going to call out our dancers, our california dancers. [cheering] >> they may not have heard me the first time so at this time we're going to call out our round valley dancers, they may take a minute to come out from the back. [cheering and applause] >> in the meantime, while they
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get lined up, how are we feeling about the event? let me hear you. let me hear you. [cheering] >> i don't know if i felt it. let me feel it. [cheering and applause] >> okay, you are telling me that i'm holding this emcee thing down. thank you. okay, i think our dancers and singers are good to go. round valley, you have the floor. [cheering and applause] >> thank you for having us.
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[inaudible] >> we're happy to be here. i want to thank them for doing a good job. okay. [music] [music]
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[inaudible] >> i'm thankful to be here. [inaudible] >> so that's what we do. the rest of you guys are doing all the foot work and still treading, still treading ground. so thank you. [applause] [music]
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>> oh, thank you. >> thank you. [applause]
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>> let's hear one more oh for our round valley dancers and singers. thank you all so much for coming out and sharing your gifts with us. at this time we're now going to bring out our intertravel powwow dancers one more time for some exhibition dancing. i think we're going to get start with the women's styles. so can i call out our women dancers. all nations, if you could give them an intertravel song when they're ready. so all our women's style powwow dancers, this is your exhibition time.
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[cheering and applause] >> and now for our next exhibition, it's the men's style
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dancing, traditional. now is your time. show us your moves. all nations, you can take it away as soon as our dancers are in place. [music]
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[cheering and applause] >> thank you.
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>> so our last performance of the night, we will have the red lightning women power singers come up. so red lightning women power, now is your time. while our singers get lined up, i was just notified that the assessor, recorder for san francisco is present and his office did prepare a certificate for our honorees, both the cultural center advisory board honorees, as well as the honorees of our local heroes that passed. i am going to take a moment to
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read one of them here. in recognition of the honorees unwavering compassionate leadership as -- sorry. okay. this one is specific to helen. i'll read this one. they all say similar language. in recognition of helen's unwavering compassion and leadership as the chief executive officer of friendship house association of american indian, a residential substance abuse organization for american indian s that she cofounded. her work enabled american indians to heal from substance abuse. her holistic approach that utilizes american indian cultural practices and western approaches for substance abuse and recovery and prevention gave people an opportunity to recover their lives.
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helen's legacy of perseverance through institutionalized oppression is an embodiment of resilience and source of inspiration for all. [applause] >> that's an example of the certificate that will be presented to our honorees, which we're honoring their legacy today. this is an example of the certificate that will be presented to the advisory committee for the cultural center. in recognition for your unwavering leadership and pressure -- reservation of american indian cultural in san francisco, the establishment of the american indian cultural center, a first of its kind in the united states will benefit generations to come. san francisco is grateful for your efforts during the pandemic when you ensured that native families had access to food and emergency funding. during this unprecedented time, we need only to look to you as a
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body for inspiration. thank you for your support for the city and county of san francisco. i wish you the best. those will be presented to the advisory board. let's give a round of applause to all of our honorees once again. [cheering and applause] >> april will go around and hand thouz -- those out. now it's time for red lightning power women to take the stage.
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[applause] [applause]
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>> thank you. the last song was composed by fawn wood and it means you look good, all you women singing. thank you. [applause] >> let's have another round of applause for our red lightning women power singers. thank you. [cheering and applause] >> before we wrap up, i wanted to take a moment to acknowledge assessor recorder joaquin. we know you're in attendance with us.
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thank you for being here with us. [cheering and applause] >> with that, it is time to wrap up our event. it has been a beautiful event, but all good things must come to an end. thank you all for being here. i do have a few quick reminders before we go. one is that there is a photo backdrop to the left, my left, your right, in that light court over there. if you want to take pictures with an aicc backdrop, that's there. there is also a to go dessert you can get when you exit to this side of the building. please do not eat it in here. we're not supposed to eat in city hall. thank you to all our singers and dancers for coming out and for making this an amazing event. happy american indian heritage month. [cheering and applause]
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>> it's great to see everyone kind of get together and prove, that you know, building our culture is something that can be reckoned with. >> i am desi, chair of economic development for soma filipinos. so that -- [ inaudible ] know that soma filipino exists, and it's also our economic platform, so we can start to build filipino businesses so we can start to build the cultural district.
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>> i studied the bok chase choy heritage, and i discovered this awesome bok choy. working at i-market is amazing. you've got all these amazing people coming out here to share one culture. >> when i heard that there was a market with, like, a lot of filipino food, it was like oh, wow, that's the closest thing i've got to home, so, like, i'm going to try everything. >> fried rice, and wings, and three different cliefz sliders. i haven't tried the adobe yet, but just smelling it yet brings
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back home and a ton of memories. >> the binca is made out of different ingredients, including cheese. but here, we put a twist on it. why not have nutella, rocky road, we have blue berry. we're not just limiting it to just the classic with salted egg and cheese. >> we try to cook food that you don't normally find from filipino food vendors, like the lichon, for example. it's something that it took years to come up with, to perfect, to get the skin just right, the flavor, and it's one of our most popular dishes, and
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people love it. this, it's kind of me trying to chase a dream that i had for a long time. when i got tired of the corporate world, i decided that i wanted to give it a try and see if people would actually like our food. i think it's a wonderful opportunity for the filipino culture to shine. everybody keeps saying filipino food is the next big thing. i think it's already big, and to have all of us here together, it's just -- it just blows my mind sometimes that there's so many of us bringing -- bringing filipino food to the city finally. >> i'm alex, the owner of the lumpia company. the food that i create is basically the filipino-american experience. i wasn't a chef to start with, but i literally love lumpia,
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but my food is my favorite foods i like to eat, put into my favorite filipino foods, put together. it's not based off of recipes i learned from my mom. maybe i learned the rolling technique from my mom, but the different things that i put in are just the different things that i like, and i like to think that i have good taste. well, the very first lumpia that i came out with that really build the lumpia -- it wasn't the poerk and shrimp shanghai, but my favorite thing after partying is that bakon cheese burger lumpia.
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there was a time in our generation where we didn't have our own place, our own feed to eat. before, i used to promote filipino gatherings to share the love. now, i'm taking the most exciting filipino appetizer and sharing it with other filipinos. >> it can happen in the san francisco mint, it can happen in a park, it can happen in a street park, it can happen in a tech campus. it's basically where we bring the hardware, the culture, the operating system. >> so right now, i'm eating something that brings me back to every filipino party from my childhood. it's really cool to be part of
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the community and reconnect with the neighborhood. >> one of our largest challenges in creating this cultural district when we compare ourselves to chinatown, japantown or little saigon, there's little communities there that act as place makers. when you enter into little philippines, you're like where are the businesses, and that's one of the challenges we're trying to solve.
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>> undercover love wouldn't be possible without the help of the mayor and all of our community partnerships out there. it costs approximately $60,000 for every event. undiscovered is a great tool for the cultural district to bring awareness by bringing the best parts of our culture which is food, music, the arts and being ativism all under one roof, and by seeing it all in this way, what it allows san franciscans to see is the dynamics of the filipino-american culture.
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i think in san francisco, we've kind of lost track of one of our values that makes san francisco unique with just empathy, love, of being acceptable of different people, the out liers, the crazy ones. we've become so focused onic maing money that we forgot about those that make our city and community unique. when people come to discover, i want them to rediscover the magic of what diversity and empathy can create. when you're positive and >> van ness avenue runs from market street to bay street in san francisco. south vanness runs from south of market to cesar chavez street.
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originally residential after the 1906 earthquake it was used as a fire break. many car dealerships and businesses exist on vanness today with expansion of bus lanes. originally marlet street was named after james vanness, seventh mayor of san francisco from 1855 to 1856. vanness heavy are streets in santa cruz, los angeles and fresno in his honor. in 1915 streetcars started the opening of the expo. in 1950s it was removed and replaced by a tree-lined median. it was part of the central freeway from bayshore to hayes valley. it is part of uses 101. it was damaged during the 1989 earthquake. in 1992 the elevator part of the
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roadway was removed. it was developed into a surface boulevard. today the vanness bus rapid transit project is to have designated bus lanes service from mission. it will display the history of the city. van ness avenue.. >> i just feel like this is what i was born to do when i was a little kid i would make up performances and daydream it was always performing and doing something i feel if i can't do that than i can't be
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me. >> i just get excited and my nickname is x usher my mom calls me i stuck out like a sore thumb for sure hey everybody i'm susan kitten on the keys from there, i working in vintage clothing and chris in the 30's and fosz and aesthetic. >> i think part of the what i did i could have put on my poa he focus on a lot of different musical eras. >> shirley temple is created as ahsha safai the nation with
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happens and light heartenness shirley temple my biggest influence i love david boo and el john and may i west coast their flamboyant and show people (singing) can't be unhappy as a dr. murase and it is so fun it is a joyful instrument i learned more about music by playing the piano it was interesting the way i was brought up the youth taught me about music he picked up the a correspond that was so hard my first performing experience happened as 3-year-old an age i did executive services and also
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thanks to the lord and sank in youth groups people will be powering grave over their turk i'll be playing better and better back la i worked as places where men make more money than me i was in bands i was treated as other the next thing i know i'm in grants performing for a huge protection with a few of my friends berry elect and new berry elect and can be ray was then and we kept getting invited back you are shows got better we made it to paris in 2005 a famous arc we ended up getting a months residencey other than an island and he came to our show and
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started writing a script based on our troop of 6 american burr elect performs in france we were woman of all this angels and shapes and sizes and it was very exciting to be part of the a few lettering elect scene at the time he here he was bay area born and breed braces and with glossaries all of a sudden walking 9 red carpet in i walgreens pedestrian care. >> land for best director that was backpack in 2010 the french love this music i come back here and because of film was not released in the united states nobody gave a rats ass let's say the music and berry elect and
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performing doesn't pay very much i definitely feel into a huge depression especially, when it ended i didn't feel kemgd to france anymore he definitely didn't feel connected to the scene i almost feel like i have to beg for tips i hey i'm from the bay area and an artist you don't make a living it changed my represent tar to appeal and the folks that are coming into the wars these days people are not listening they love the idea of having a live musician but don't really nurture it like having a potted plant if you don't warrant it it dizzy sort of feel like a potted plant (laughter) i'm going to give san francisco
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one more year i've been here since 1981 born and raised in the bay area i know that is not for me i'll keep on trying and if the struggle becomes too hard i'll have to move on i don't know where that will be but i love here so so much i used to dab he will in substances i don't do that i'm sober and part of the being is an and sober and happy to be able to play music and perform and express myself if i make. >> few people happy of all ages i've gone my job so i have so stay is an i feel like the piano and music in general with my voice together i feel really powerful and strong
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>> they were early. i'm on time. well, it's great to be here and portrayal hills somewhat dog patch at the bottom of the hill, one of the iconic night life venues in san francisco celebrating 30 years in business. this is absolutely extraordinary for night life venue. when i think about all the places i went to growing up. the one-up, the glass cat and all these other venues, they're not even open anymore. so growing up in san francisco, live music, entertainment, events happening in the day and events happening in places like bottom of the hill were just apart of our culture. it's where so many people got their start. and when you think about it, can you imagine back in the day, if you had an opportunity
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to come to bottom of the hill and actually see santana perform. those kinds of iconic artists performed or got their start in places like this. and when i think about the fact that that pandemic, we have had to all sacrifice and we've had to sacrifice because we've not been able to not only be around 1 another, but we weren't able to enjoy live music. from performing artists, those who dj, those who entertain, play musical instruments, those who sing, it was very hard. can you imagine it being hard on us not being able to see it, but being hard on the artists who weren't getting paid. hard on the venues who weren't making money and had to lay off staff. it was a tough almost two years we've experienced this pandemic and although we're in a much better place, we still know that many of these venues continue to have

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