We are excited to invite you to join us for this years Big Time Gathering on October 17th, 18th and 19th
The Big Time has become our way of bringing Ohlone and Ohlone supporters together. Last year six tribal dance and song groups joined the Rumsen Ohlone, along with groups from Hawaii, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe who wanted to honor the original people. We are hoping this becomes an annual event and the basis for expanding support for an Ohlone led Bay Area, Northern California and all indigenous people’s cultural center in the city. We will have the same set up as last year: a dance arena, vendor booths, and camping.
We are relying on word of mouth to bring new people who are interested in learning about and sharing Ohlone traditions. Please invite respectful friends and colleagues, all are welcome! We are also supporting an exhibit of Ohlone culture bearers opening at the SF Public Library on Oct. 12th , and hope you can join us for that event as well.
photo: 2013 Big Time at Rob Hill.
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.
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.
Map to the campground
P is for Parking area we have reserved
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
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.
Due to the government shutdown, the Big Time has been relocated to Rob Hill Campground (nearby our original event site, also located in San Francisco’s Presidio). Rob Hill is the only overnight campsite in San Francisco. The Presidio Trust describes Rob Hill as “a hidden treasure, located at the Presidio’s highest point above Baker Beach amid a beautiful eucalyptus grove.”
The Big Time event is still happening, as planned, on Saturday October 12 and Sunday October 13, 2013.
Please stay tuned for more details. We are still working out logistics, including parking, so please keep checking this page and our website for updates. We are grateful for our friends at the National Parks, Crissy Field Center, and the Presidio Trust who are supporting our work and helping us with the logistical hurdles, to ensure this year’s Ohlone Big Time in San Francisco is a success, despite the government shutdown.
Even if the government shutdown resolves itself before our event, we will still hold the Big Time at Rob Hill this year. The location of the Indigenous People’s Day Sunrise Ceremony (originally scheduled for Alcatraz on Monday 10/14) will be confirmed on Thursday.
We invite our friends and supporters to gather with us at Rob Hill. You are also invited to camp out with us for all or part of the weekend (Friday 10/11-Monday 10/14). Please email email@example.com to reserve your camping space.
Thanks, and please keep checking this site for updates!
artwork Kanyon Sayers Rood
When: Ohlone Indigenous People’s Weekend, October 12-14, 2013
The Big Time (traditional California Native festival) will include a dance arena, vendor booths, camping, talking circles, and a sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz. The schedule is below, and the Facebook Event is here
This is an opportunity for Ohlone people to share their culture with the public in San Francisco. These events are free and open to the public. All are welcome, so please join us!
On Monday morning, the Ohlone people are collaborating with the International Indian Treaty Council to host the Indigenous People’s Day Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island. Boats will depart from Pier 33 between 4:30 and 6:00am.
Vendors: We are currently accepting applications for vendors and nonprofit groups. Please visit http://www.ohloneprofiles.org/vendor to fill out an application.
The Big Time Gathering will be co-hosted by a council of Ohlone grandmothers and the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe of Ohlone. The Ohlone Profiles Project in San Francisco is producing the event.
Please come to join, and to support the Ohlone in San Francisco.
For more information please contact the Ohlone Profiles Project.
Neil Maclean and Mary Jean Robertson:
415 515 8430
Ohlone Profiles Project (OPP) October Schedule:
Wed., Oct. 9th
7:30pm: Panel discussion with Shaping San Francisco
518 Valencia St, San Francisco.
Speakers: Malcolm Margolin, Breck Parkman, (CA State Parks archeologist); MJ Robertson, host.
Saturday, Oct. 12th
12pm-6pm: Big Time Gathering, Crissy Field, dance arena
7:30pm: Private Healing Ceremony (Private Ohlone event; invitation-only)
Sunday, Oct. 13th
12pm-5pm: Big Time Gathering, Crissy Field dance arena
Monday, Oct. 14th
4:30am-6am: Ferries depart for Alcatraz Island
6am-sunrise: Ceremony & dancing, Alcatraz Island
9am: Return to San Francisco
The Big Time will be near the Crissy Field Center.
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.