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Big Time Gathering, 2014

We are excited to invite you to join us for this years Ohlone Big Time Gathering!

Join us on Saturday, October 18th from 12pm – 6pm & Sunday, October 19th from 10am – 2pm

The annual Ohlone Big Time Gathering in San Francisco is a Northern California Tribal Gathering celebrating dance, song, traditional arts and contemporary expressions of Ohlone activism, thought and culture. The weekend will include performances, traditional ceremonies, vendors, and food.

The Big Time is our way of bringing all Ohlone and supporters together. Last year these tribal dance and song groups participated: Kashia California Traditional Indian Dancers, Manchester Point Arena Singers, Round Valley Feather Dancers, Sonoma County Pomo Dancers, Shingles Springs Miwok Dancers, and the Rumsen Humaya Dancers. In addition, these indigenous communities in exile from their homelands came in support: Halauo Keikiali’I, Chinyakare Ensemble, Parangal Dance Company. We anticipate more groups joining in 2014. We are hoping this becomes an annual Ohlone led Bay Area, Northern California and all indigenous people’s event in the city.

We are accepting applications for vendors and non-profit information booths. Please email frankie@ohloneprofiles.org if you are interested in participating.


Ohlone Profiles film screening

Short films invoking the Ohlone tribal presence in San Francisco, and celebrating their renaissance.

short films invoking the Ohlone tribal presence in San Francisco, and celebrating their renaissance.

short films invoking the Ohlone tribal presence in San Francisco, and celebrating their renaissance.

Thurs. Dec. 12, 8 pm
An Evening of Ohlone Short Films

with the Ohlone Profiles Project (OPP) and Injunuity

The Ohlone Return: Inclusion in SF and Yosemite Slough(2010); 5 Shorts Projected onto Coit Tower (2011); Shorts of and about Ohlone in SF (2013); The OPP has invited other contributors:Hearst Ohlone (2013) Dir. Kathryn Carlson; Injunuity, an animation: Wampum (2013) with Anthony Sul.

This collection of short films document and reflect on the return of Ohlone people to their ancestral lands on the peninsula where San Francisco now sits. We hear the Ohlone’s own voices—in a sunrise healing ceremony at Yosemite Slough and in asking San Francisco city supervisors for recognition at City Hall—as well as those evoked by the land and history. We will revisit an illuminating event in 2009: the projection of art and videos about the Ohlone and the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz from 1969-1971, showing some of the films created for that purpose. The story of the Ohlone will be brought right up to the present with a series of short films documenting the latest visits of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Ohlone as part of their 4-cycle effort of inclusion, and truth and reconciliation.

We will also showcase a work using Anthony Sul’s critique of money, prosperity, and power animated by the Injunuity team.

The Incite/Insight Film Series is a project of Shaping San Francisco, The New Nothing Cinema, and The Anthropology And Social Change Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Screenings are at New Nothing Cinema, 16 Sherman Street (Between 6th and 7th, and Folsom and Harrison streets). Nearest BART is Civic Center. Free, please bring drinks and snacks to share.

Ohlone Big Time is on at Rob Hill Camprgound

We have moved the Ohlone Big Time to Rob Hill Campground. Many tribal groups are showing support and planning to dance. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

The Big Time offers a place to see (and sometimes join) the dancing, to learn from cultural presentations, perhaps to buy a necklace, a buffalo burger or blue corn taco, and to meet new people.

The following is a rough schedule of the dance arena:


2pm opening, Patrick Orozco Amah-Ka-Tura

4pm Sat
Chinyakare Ensemble

6pm  Tony Cerda: Ohlone Humaya Dancers


12pm Rumsen Ohlone Humaya (hummingbird) dancers

2pm Sunday Hālau o Keikiali’i

3pm Sunday Joe Salinas, Sonoma County Pomo

4pm Sun Parangal Dance Company

5pm Razzle Dazzle: Shingle Springs Miwok

6-9 pm Doug Duncan: Traditional Pomo dancers

Chuck Whitewolf, Round Valley Feather Dancers

Dave Smith Point Arena Manchester Pomo

Dance groups not yet on the schedule: San Jose Aztec Dancers.

Ohlone Big Time At Rob Hill – 2013

Map to the campground

Map to the campground

Parking for Ohlone Big Time at Rob Hill Campground – 2013

The Big Time has moved to Rob Hill campground. We are  hosting 10 tribal dance groups, 30 vendors, have limited camping, all at Rob Hill campground.

Saturday 2pm -6pm,
Sundown: healing ceremony

Sunday 12pm-9pm.

One big challenge will be parking. The area has lost 1,000 parking spaces due to the National Park shut down. The Presidio has offered four areas where we will have reserved parking. (We are still looking for staff to help us keep these lots reserved.) We will have parking passes at the Campground. So your first stop will be unloading at the campground and getting a map and a parking pass. Then you can drive your vehicle to one of the lots and leave it. We will have shuttles from the lots back to the campground.

2nd cycle of Ohlone Ceremonies

2nd cycle of Ohlone Ceremonies

Ohlone Vets Day Talking and Turkey

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?”

Rumsen Ohlone OCTOBER Events, Ceremonies


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, mark@treatycouncil.org, 415.641-4482, www.treatycouncil.org.

The Indigenous People's Day: Ohlone Rumsen tribe will be in the Bay Area

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

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.

Tony Cerda with Humaya singers and dancersdeedee and hopi

ABC7 Assignment 7 Sees the Ohlone Coming

Click to Watch Video

Click to Watch Video on ABC7 website

Years later, Ohlone Indians return home to Bay Area