Announcing the Berkeley Roundhouse

This month, we welcome Lindsie Bear to the Heyday family as the first director of the new Berkeley Roundhouse. What is a roundhouse, you ask? Here’s what Malcolm Margolin, Heyday publisher, has to say about it:

“They give life to the community,” is how my friend, the Wintu artist, scholar, and ceremonial leader Frank LaPena, describes roundhouses. They were the great public buildings of the traditional California Indian world, serving as universities, community centers, and places of worship. Perhaps a dozen or more still exist in remote reservations, places where people gather to celebrate, deliberate, hold ceremonies, tell stories, and strengthen ties with each other and with the world around them.

After nearly forty years of joyous and intense involvement with California Indian history and culture, we will be establishing the Berkeley Roundhouse, a center for our archives and our publishing, a place where courses will be held, meetings will be convened, ideas will be generated, and native scholars and artists will be furthered.

In traditional times when a village wanted to build a roundhouse, neighbors and friends came together to help out. We would be grateful for your presence and support.”

—Malcolm Margolin


Our 6th annual fundraising gala

Gather with us on Thursday, November 8 to rejoice in the work of the Heyday community and to lay the foundation for the future of the Berkeley Roundhouse.

• Revel in reflections on twenty-five years of our News from Native California magazine with Heyday founder, Malcolm Margolin.
• Marvel as Deborah Miranda reads from her groundbreaking new book, Bad Indians.
• Enjoy scrumptious food and libations, soulful music, and a live “experiences” auction by Bay Area Backroads host Doug McConnell.


Thursday, November 8, 2012
Reception at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.
The California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., San Francisco

Tickets available at:

Or by phone at: (510) 549-3564, ext. 316.

Lindsie Bear and Malcolm Margolin

You’ll be hearing more about Ms. Bear in the coming months, but here are some words from her that appear in this fall’s issue of News from Native California.

Oh my, what an honor it is to be invited to share in the longstanding work Heyday has undertaken with all of you—the authors, friends, readers, and communities that engage in making the voices of Native peoples heard in California. I look forward to traveling to meet as many of you as possible in person, to listen to your stories, ideas, grievances, and dreams for what kinds of projects we can cook up together.

“I come to this work having grown up in a reservation town that gave me tremendous support to attend college and go into publishing many years ago. For that I have a debt of gratitude and a deep admiration for the strength and beauty of our many Native cultures. There is so much we can create to respect the generations that came before us and give to the generations that come after us. The door is open, the table is set, and I am all ears.