Taking Native Lands and Lives

(With thanks to Matt S. for sharing this with me…)

Who’s interested in a fieldtrip to the OMCA? 

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Museums have power—the power to tell stories, shape narratives, and influence the lens we bring to bear on the past. That power can be harnessed for healing, as museums contribute to a reparative reexamination of history and the legacy of historic injustice. TrendsWatch 2019 highlights how some museums are using their power to decolonize our culture, our country, and their own organizational practice. Today on the Blog, Christine Lashaw tells us how she and her colleagues at the Oakland Museum of California have collaborated with the museum’s Native Advisory Council to tell hard truths about the state’s history.
–Elizabeth Merritt, VP Strategic Foresight and Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums

Read on here: Taking Native Lands and Lives

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

 

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