2nd cycle of Ohlone Ceremonies
Ohlone Turkey feed after the parade:
1pm. Room 223, in the Veteran’s Building
2pm. Ohlone talking circle led by Chief Tony Cerda
Ohlone 2013 Cycle of Ceremonies:
Aug 3rd, Hiroshima Day
Oct 12th: Fleet Week
Nov. 10th Veteran’s Day
Aug 3rd Hiroshima Day:
We will conduct a healing ceremony at Yosemite Slough in the Hunter’s Point Naval Base, where the Atomic bombs last touched US soil and within ¼ mile of 16 recorded Ohlone village sites.
Oct. 12th, Fleet Week: During the Ohlone Indigenous People’s Day events in 2013 we hope to:
Feast with the Italians in North Beach on Columbus Day, Oct. 13th
Dance with the soldiers on Crissy Field during fleet week on Oct. 12th, and
Celebrate with the Indians on Alcatraz, Oct 14th
Nov. 10th: Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day
Honor Dances at ‘Fulfilling the Promise,’
Ohlone Teach-in: Call for Reconciliation
The city will celebrate ‘Fulfilling the Promise’ made to veterans in 1923 by unveiling a memorial.
The Original intention in 1923 was for Armistice: an end to all wars!
We are Ohlone, we want to raise that original intention: Armistice, an end to all wars. The city’s monument will include Archibald McLeish’s poem, “Young Dead Soldiers” whose refrain asks: ‘Who has not heard them?’ So we ask: “who has not heard the original veterans?”
Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Gathering, Mon, Oct 8, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, Ohlone Territory. Commemorating 520 years of Indigenous resistance and honoring struggles to protect sacred places. Presenters include: IITC board members Hinewirangi Kohu, Maori Nation; Ron Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree Nation; Radley Davis, Pit River Nation; Bill Means, Oglala Lakota Nation; IITC ED Andrea Carmen, Yaqui Nation, Ohlone Welcoming by Anne Marie Sayers, MC Lakota Harden, plus Pomo, Aztec and Pacific Island Dancers, Drummers and more. Ticket office opens at 4:15 am, Boats start at 5:15 am, Tickets $11, Children under 5 free, wheelchair accessible. Advance tickets: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com. Sponsors: International Indian Treaty Council and American Indian Contemporary Arts. Simulcast at kpfa 94.1 and online at http://www.kpfa.org. For info: Mark Anquoe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415.641-4482, www.treatycouncil.org.
Rumsen Ohlone Indigenous People’s Day Events:
Oct 6th: Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe of Ohlone will hold a healing ceremony at the Rob Hill Campground: Feather dances began at 6pm., healing ceremony at 7:30
The Humaya Dancers at Rob Hill Campground Firepit
Oct. 7th Feather dances at Coyote Hills Campground Fremont, large gathering of Ohlone, many presenters, 10am-4:30pm
Oct 8th Ohlone dancers at Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise ceremony, Alcatraz Island, join the red power dances.
Boat made by Dianna A. & myself “A.” & another helper.
Pics. By: Melissa K. Nelson
Glad it was not as hot as the day before-103 degrees
Cools down the body temp when it is wet before wearing.
It was a great honor to finally get to meet Dianna Almendarizys and Ooti - Patwin relations, and together help make this boat.
There are many details which make the sacred Tule a traditional food, clothing, shelter and travel-way of getting around the water ways of central and southern California a viable sustainable resource.
Click to Watch Video on ABC7 website
Years later, Ohlone Indians return home to Bay Area
33rd San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
June 3; 11 & 12; 18 & 19; 24, 25 & 26; and July 1, 2 & 3
New Programs, Events & Locations
- 50 Companies, 750 World Dance & Music Artists, 15 World Premieres
- Special Events Mark Return of Native Ohlone Peoples to SF
- Five Weekends of Events in San Francisco & Berkeley
- New Participatory Events
San Francisco, CA, March 3, 2011 —Building on its past success as the most extensive and highly regarded festival of its kind, and responding to both dance community and public demand, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival is excited to offer new performances, events and venues for the 33rd season, scheduled in San Francisco and, for the first time, in Berkeley from June 3-July 3, 2011. The 2011 Festival will feature a record 50 different companies representing 30 traditions from five continents, including 15 world premieres. The expansion reflects the Festival’s trajectory and the growth of world dance and music in Northern California, and offers new participatory events designed to give the public opportunities to do much more than observe the rich variety of ethnic dance on stage. For more information, visit www.sfethnicdancefestival.org. [EDITOR NOTE: Complete main stage and participatory programs, artists, dates and venues may be found in the attachment at the end of this release.]
Honoring its mission of taking an active role in helping to keep cultural traditions alive via dance and music, the Festival is particularly pleased to partner with the Ohlone Profiles Project (www.ohloneprofiles.org) to present the most in-depth and sustained Ohlone Native American presence in San Francisco in more than 200 years.
“Return of the Ohlone” Celebrations―June 3 & June 18
The 2011 Festival kicks off with a special opening ceremony and performance Friday, June 3, at Noon at San Francisco City Hall honoring the Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone Tribe and featuring tribal song and dance, and the presentation of the Festival’s annual Malonga Casquelourde Lifetime Achievement Award to Tribal Chief Tony Cerda. Beginning in 1776 with the Europeans’ building of Mission Dolores, Ohlone populations were decimated and scattered, giving rise to the notion that the Ohlone peoples did not survive this genocide and displacement. Many 2011 Festival and Ohlone Profiles Project events will bring Ohlone tribal members back to San Francisco to share their ongoing culture in their homeland.
In addition to the June 3 kick-off event, the Festival will present an historic California Indian Big Time Gathering on Saturday, June 18, from Noon to 11 pm throughout Yerba Buena Gardens and Forum (map) featuring hundreds of California tribal members in dance, music and other cultural presentations, as well as participatory opportunities for the public throughout the day. Participating tribes include Elem Indian Colony Tribe, Pit River Maidu Tribe, Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe, Stewarts Point Kashaya Band of Pomo and Manchester Pomo Tribe.
New this year will be Participatory Events at YBCA Forum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, designed to bring the public into the action for the first time in the Festival’s 33-year history. At each of the four Forum performances, companies representing different world dance and music traditions will give a short performance, followed by an invitation for audiences to join them on the dance floor for a “feet-on” experience.
Friday, June 3, at 12 pm ― San Francisco City Hall Rotunda
Opening Ceremony featuring Rumsen Ohlone Tribe, presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award and Native American Tribal Song and Dance
June 18 & 19—San Francisco
Saturday, June 18
NOON – 3:30pm in The Forum (300 seat auditorium)
3-11 pm – Tables, information, artifacts, cultural presentations, with FOOD Yerba Buena Center Gardens (map)
8:30pm – Ceremony begins outside, indoor activities close down
PARTICIPATORY PROGRAM: “California Indian Big Time Gathering”― A day honoring the Ohlone, including performances, rituals, ceremonies and craft presentations hosted by the Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone Tribe. Native American Tribal Song and Dance performances by Elem Indian Colony Tribe, Pit River Maidu Tribe, Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe, Stewarts Point Kashaya Band of Pomo, and Manchester Pomo Tribe.
Sunday, July 1st, 2nd, and 3, at 8 pm ― YBCA Novellus Theater
Ohlone Tribal Dance (Native American), Rara Tou Limen (Haitian), Caminos Flamencos (Spanish), Yang Yang Dance (Chinese), Halau o Keikiali`I (Hawaiian), De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association (Afro-Peruvian), Charya Burt Cambodian Dance (Cambodian), Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwean), Bal Anat (Egyptian), Compañia Mazatlán Bellas Artes (Mexican)
They’re Both Coming Home!
Join us Sunday, November 7th
as San Francisco celebrates Veterans Day.
The Ohlone Tribe returns to San Francisco to join the Veterans for Peace Contingent in the Veterans Day Parade.
The Parade staging area: on Howard St. near 3rd St at 10:30am.
The Parade starts: 11:00am and ends at Civic Center around 1:00pm.
After the parade everyone is requested to join us for ceremony at 1:30pm at the Memorial Grove, the grassy area between the Opera House and the Veterans Bldg. This year, Chief Tony Cerda presents the Congress of American Indians’ “Warriors Medal of Valor” to the American Legion Posts in San Francisco from the Ohlone Nation.
A wreath in the shape of that medal will be placed on the octagon and a ceremony of dance, songs and prayers will bring us together. The Veterans and the Ohlone are returning home to a sacred site.
San Francisco is an Ohlone place of origin and the Memorial Grove is the site where soil from the Battlefields of World Wars I, II and Vietnam are buried. This is the first year of a four-year ceremony to celebrate their homecoming. We hope the Kiowa Gourd Clan will join us with their prayers and ceremony for the Warriors.
The SF Arts Commission has chosen an artist to design a memorial for the site with a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for 2013. We are supporting the Ohlone tribe to return for the next 4 years to conduct this ceremony for the Veterans. Joining us will be the Family of Reuben Paul Santos, for their 1st year memorial ceremony as they cope with his loss, after he took his life six years after returning from Iraq.
The Cherokee Society of the Greater Bay Area and the Black Native Americans Association will provide a Pot Luck food sharing after the ceremony in the Veterans Building Rm 223 on the 2nd floor north side of the Building.
POST UPDATE: Photos from the Event, by Catherine Herrera from her Galleries. Read her report, also.
Photos by Catherine Herrera - http://catherineherrera.photoshelter.com/gallery-list