Creative Work

Greg Sarris has been involved in a number of creative projects from many different disciplines. Use the links below to navigate to the section you wish to view.

Videos

Watermelon Nights: A Readying by Greg Sarris

Series: “Artists on the Cutting Edge” [10/2001] [Humanities] [Arts and Music]

Greg Sarris talks about the Graton Rancheria Tribal History

In this brief video Greg Sarris talks about the history of the Graton Rancheria tribe and how the Graton Resort and Casino will benefit the community.

Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Plans for 2020

Graton Rancheria Chairman Greg Sarris Talks About the Tribe’s Plans for 2020

Mill Valley History Talks with Greg Sarris

For thousands of years the Coast Miwok lived rich lives infused with tradition in what we now know as Marin and southern Sonoma Counties.

California History Through an Indigenous Lens

California Historical Society hosts Greg Sarris and William Bauer, with a short performance from Word for Word from Sarris’ new book.

Greg Sarris in conversation with Jonah Raskin at Rohnert Park Library

Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman and SSU Professor, Jonah Raskin in conversation at Rohnert Park Library

Youth Arts: How A Mountain Was Made by Greg Sarris

Z Space presents Word for Word’s Youth Arts presents How A Mountain Was Made by Greg Sarris

Billy-Ray Belcourt and A History of My Brief Body, with Greg Sarris

Billy-Ray Belcourt’s debut memoir opens with a tender letter to his kokum and memories of his early life in the hamlet of Joussard, Alberta, and on the Driftpile First Nation.

Greg Sarris: Native American Literary Tradition (BABF 2018)

Greg Sarris latest book, “How a Mountain Was Made,” is a collection of stories inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales; it celebrates the lore surrounding Sonoma Mountain.

2017 Geography of Hope: Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris, writer, educator, and Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, speaks at the 2017 Geography of Hope Conference.

Greg Sarris on creating the Graton Resort and Casino Experience

Greg Sarris is an author and Tribal chariman Chairman of The Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria. In this video he talks about creating the Graton Resort and Casino experience.

TEDxSantaRosa: Greg Sarris — Re-storying Place

Author and long-time Sonoma County native Greg Sarris uses personal anecdotes and native american history to explain how storytelling can affect how, and where, we live.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 2 - September

Originally streamed-live on September 1st from the backcountry of Sonoma Mountain. This time, the two discussed the coming of fall, harvest, and other topics related to California's seasonal history, ecology, and indigenous wisdom. Watch the replay or listen!

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 1 - August

Our first episode, titled August, streamed-live on August 4th from the backcountry of Sonoma Mountain. Called “Place & Purpose”, this 12-part series will cover a vast range of topics exploring what it is to be from California. Ranging from historic policy to traditional ecological knowledge, from scientific innovation to indigenous criticism, join Greg and Obi for this first discussion and then again every month as they watch the seasons change and wrestle with themes of hope, time, and justice.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 3 - October

Premiered-live on October 6th from Greg’s farm in Northern California. Called into question are so many core values of our carbon based economy including humanity’s relationship with a thousand-thousand, more-than-human or non-human communities. Think of the bear. Think of the beaver. Think of the salmon. These relationships may end up defining who we are

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 4 - November

Premiered-live on November 3rd from Sonoma Mountain. Obi and Greg discuss Native American traditions, questions of power and control, election season, and more.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 5 - December

Premiered-live on December 1st. Greg Sarris and Obi Kaufmann continued their live, video-podcast from a stormy Sonoma Mountain.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 6 - January

Premiered live on January 4, 2023 Greg Sarris and Obi Kaufmann continued their live, video-podcast broadcasting live from Sonoma Mountain in California.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 7 - February

On Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 10am PT Greg Sarris and Obi Kaufmann continued their live, video-podcast broadcasting live from Sonoma Mountain in California.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 8 - March

On Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 10am PT Greg Sarris and Obi Kaufmann continued their live, video-podcast broadcasting live from Sonoma Mountain in California.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 9 - April

On Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 10am PT Greg Sarris and Obi Kaufmann will continued their live, video-podcast broadcasting live from Sonoma Mountain in California.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 10 - May

On Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 10am PT Greg Sarris and Obi Kaufmann continued their live, video-podcast broadcasting live from Sonoma Mountain in California.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 11 - June

On Thursday, June 1, 2023 Greg Sarris and Obi Kaufmann continued their live, video-podcast live from Sonoma Mountain in California.

Place and Purpose: Year 1, Episode 12 - July

On Thursday, July 6, 2023 Greg Sarris and Obi Kaufmann continued their live, video-podcast live from Sonoma Mountain in California.

Place and Purpose: Year 2, Episode 1 - August

Greg and Obi invite on publisher Steve Wasserman. Wasserman is former editorial director of Times Books/Random House, publisher of Hill & Wang and The Noonday Press at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and served as editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review. He is currently the publisher for Heyday, based in Berkeley, CA. This episode originally streamed live on August 3, 2023.