The Ohlone Return: The 2nd Cycle: 2013

The events of the Ohlone Return: the 2nd Cycle, in which we will engage in ceremonies to restore the Ohlone to San Fransisco, is not just restricted to this year. Events are also planned out for next year, making sure that there is a continuous Ohlone presence in San Fransisco. Next year’s events include the Seventh Generation Ecology Ceremony on April 30th, 2013, the Ohlone Big Time Gathering on October 2013, and the Veteran’s War Memorial Ceremony on November 11th, 2013.

April 20th, 2013: Seventh Generation Ecology

On April 20th, 2013, at Heron’s Head Park, hundreds of acres of South East San Fransisco Shoreline will be planted with native plants, becoming a habitat for birds, fish, and land animals local to the area. Our partner, Literacy for Environmental Justice, is in charge of the work crews and the nursery, while our other partner, Arc Ecology, contributed to the design and analysis that convinced the city of San Fransisco to invest in the restoration. We want to bring songs, dances, and prayers, as well as the knowledge of how to cultivate stewardship of the shoreline based on traditional wisdom. The Ohlone Profiles Project will convene a Ohlone teach-in on ethnobotany and shoreline restoration for those interested.

October 2013: Ohlone Big Time Gathering

In October 2013, at the Presidio Parade Ground, there will be a Ohlone Big Time Gathering featuring feather dances and healing ceremonies. The Ohlone are creating a network of Northern California tribes who support restoring Ohlone culture in San Fransisco. This Big Time Gathering is a public celebration where all the tribes can show their support in the dance arena. The day will end with a healing ceremonial dance.

November 11th, 2013: Veteran’s War Memorial Trust: Who Has Not Heard Them?

For next year’s Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2013, the city of San Fransisco will “keep its Promise” to veterans by unveiling a monument to soldiers who have died in this country’s wars. The monument will be inscribed with an Archibald MacLeash poem “The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak.” The city’s leading decision makers will attend the unveiling. Ohlone dancers will join the ceremony and offer their perspectives on war and the nation. The Ohlone Profiles Project will organize a teach-in where participants can learn, think, and share about Ohlone presence, past and present.

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