How a Mountain Was Made Book Launch

Friday Nov 10 2017   6:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation  547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA  map

Celebrate the release of How a Mountain Was Made: Stories with author Greg Sarris! Greg will give a talk and answer questions from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with book signing to follow.

As we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed by seemingly cataclysmic events around the world that leave us feeling ungrounded, we turn inwardly in search of a sense of community and belonging. We find ourselves rediscovering the importance of place and we find ourselves learning about indigenous values and the communities that carry them. In How a Mountain Was Made by Greg Sarris, the creation stories of the Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok peoples come alive—for many of us perhaps, for the first time. The stories remind us of the power of song and story to heal, to teach, to inspire. What does it mean to dwell in place? What does it mean to be part of indigenous history that now includes settlers? What does it mean to know Coyote, Fog, Squirrel, Rain, Waterbug, and Stone as beings that want to have an ongoing relationship with Sonoma County folks? How can we cultivate that relationship of reciprocity with those beings? How a Mountain Was Made offers us a gift of entry into this relationship. The stories make us ponder what it means to create a home we can all call our own. The stories are beautiful, timeless, and wise. Most of all, they are alive. Let them seep into your body.

Sponsored by Center for Babaylan Studies, Racial Justice Allies of Sonoma County, and Botanical Dimensions. For more information, click here.

Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is currently serving his thirteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and his publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (1993), Grand Avenue (1994), and Watermelon Nights (1999). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County. Visit his website at