In the early historical period the Pomo Indians were performing a kuksu ceremony (a kuksu is relating to an American Indian religious cult) Dance in a huge part of the Pomo culture. They dance for a lot of reasons such as they dance for ceremonies, festivities, and get togethers and many religious things also.
They were located in California tribe of Native American Indians. The Pomo Indian tribe had lived in several different types of shelters. Their homes that they lived in included grass mat houses. People that had access to forest areas built cedar bark tepees.
The clothing worn by the women were blouses and aprons that would be covered back and front made with shredded bark. The women used shredded redwood or cedar bark to make the fibers that were hand woven to make clothing. The men of the Pomo tribe were naked.
Washoe Beach was established in 1851. It was created by the Indian Federation to make a landmark to honor Pomo Indians. The Pomo Indian tribe fought for their right to own land and have a purpose, however it wasn't very reliable since it was never honored.
Tools and weapons were a main object for hunting, self defense, and building. The Pomo Indians started making these items in 1852. Some were durable but others aren't still around today.
This is an authentic photo of a woman from the Pomo Indian tribe on what she does on a daily basis and the daily objects she uses. This photo was developed in Louisiana in 1904 and the photographer was Charles H. Carpenter. Carpenter was non-Indian and worked at a museum.
This is a song that is in the native Pomo Langauge, sung by Jana Runnalls. This song is used during Pomo Bear Healing ceremonies.
This is a basket create by Mary Kinght Benson, a Pomo Indian in the 1900's. It's twined of willow, sedge root, and blackened fern stem. It is used to hold and gather food.
A beautiful painting by Grace Carpenter Hudson in 1898, this picture shows a Pomo Indian doing a 'grasshopper dance' wearing ceremonial clothing. The artist, Grace Carpenter Hudson, is known for her many paintings depicting Pomo Indians dancing or doing everyday things, most of which are paintings of Pomo children.
This item would have been used by a Pomo bear doctor. Created by Curt Stevenot in the 1970's, it's made by pounding the base of an elk horn and sharpening the tip. A bear doctor, as quoted by Samuel A. Barret, is "One of the most concrete and persistent beliefs of a large part of California is the belief in the existence of persons of magic power able to turn themselves into grizzly bears." These type of shamans are called 'bear doctors', and they are believed to heal the injured. In conclusion, the Pomo Indians had very interesting beliefs that they take very seriously, like the belief of turning into a bear, for example.