Shellmounds

Save the Shellmounds!

Beneath the streets and landfill of Emeryville, San Francisco, and much of the Bay Area endure the ancient monuments and funerary places of the Chochenyo Ohlone Nation, whose homeland is the San Francisco Bay Area. The Spanish invasion, beginning in the 1770s, delacerated the sovereignty, culture, religion, and language of the Muwekma Ohlone. Today, the physical legacy of the Spanish invasion include the Mission Dolores and the Presidio’s Officers; Club in San Francisco, for both structures were erected in the 1770s. However, the physical legacy of the Muwekma Ohlone has not received equal preservation nor respect. Prior to the Spanish invasion, some 500 shellmounds lined the sea and bay shores fo the San Francisco Bay Area. These mounds, generally consisting mostly of molluscan shells, were made by the Muwekma Ohlone for thousands of years, and act as cemeteries.
Sadly, archaeologists have referred to these shellmounds as “middens.” A “midden” is defined as a waste pile, for the word’s origin occurs in Middle English/Norse, and means a “dung hill.” The Chochenyo Ohlone term to describe a shellmound is not available or not known, for the destruction of the local language has brought much harm. Some of these shellmounds might not have functioned as cemetaries, yet in any case, they remain the cultural treasures of the Chochenyo Ohlone Nation.

Read on here: http://ipocshellmoundwalk.homestead.com/shellmound.html

 

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Police are Killing Native Americans at Higher Rate than Any Race, and Nobody is Talking About It – The Free Thought Project

Let’s talk about it…

 

tkAmericans are up in arms right now over the near epidemic number of deaths of African-American at the hands of police, and rightfully so. African-Americans make up only 13 percent of the population, yet they are the victims in 26 percent of all police shootings. That is nearly 3 times the rate of whites.

Read on: Police are Killing Native Americans at Higher Rate than Any Race, and Nobody is Talking About It – The Free Thought Project

John Trudell, Outspoken Advocate for American Indians, Is Dead at 69 – The New York Times

 

 

This is American history, y’all.

AND it’s San Francisco/Bay Area history.

May you rest in power, John Trudell.

Mr. Trudell was a leading advocate of Native American rights who channeled his message of righteous defiance into poetry and songwriting.

John Trudell, Outspoken Advocate for American Indians, Is Dead at 69 – The New York Times

Seven Native American Films for High School Teachers | Teaching Tolerance

Excerpt:

 

Discoveries in a recent report from the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education include serious problems for Native students, such as bullying, hostility when reporting culturally insensitive situations, Native imagery that harms students’ identities, and anxiety over misrepresentation in classroom lessons. One of the initiative’s recommendations is to “promote cultural awareness,” specifically to “promote the accurate instruction of Native American history and culture.”

A dynamic way to incorporate accurate instruction and promote cultural awareness of contemporary Native American experiences is through film. Incorporating a film into the classroom also acts as a multimodal entrée into a deeper conversation about representations of Native peoples in today’s social media, advertising, news and entertainment.

I recommend for high school teachers the following films that feature Native directors, actors, writers and storylines or histories…

 

Read on and see the list here: Seven Native American Films for High School Teachers | Teaching Tolerance

 

I recommend reading the White House Initiative: click here. 

 

Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving | Ariel Luckey

There’s a a wonderful, powerful event coming up that I want to highlight: Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving | Ariel Luckey.

Save the Date: Sunday, November 22, 2015

Click on the link for details, a list of artists and activists who will be at the event.

Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving is an annual cultural arts event that brings artists, activists and communities together to explore the complex history of Thanksgiving and to acknowledge the legacy of U.S. colonialism and genocide against Native Americans. Produced by the Free Land Project and curated and hosted by Ariel Luckey, Thangs Taken features live music, dance, film, spoken word poetry, hip hop theater and visual art installations from Native and non-Native artists. Grounded in grassroots activism, Thangs Taken also features leaders from local social and environmental justice organizations to provide information on current campaigns and concrete ways to take action in the community. With the arts at the center, people from diverse backgrounds gather to engage in critical dialogue and to stand in the power of our collective ability to create a world based in peace and justice that we can truly be thankful for.

Each year Thangs Taken raises hundreds of dollars for a specific community organization or campaign. Past events have benefited the Ohlone Shellmound Walk, the Longest Walk 2, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, the Indigenous Delegation to Palestine and the Hintil Ku Caa Preschool in Oakland. Celebrating our common humanity and the legacy of resistance to colonization, we create a circle of prayers, poems, pictures, songs, stories and movement.

 

Again, more info here: Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving | Ariel Luckey.