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Years later, Ohlone Indians return home to Bay Area
30-minute document of an Ohlone Sunrise Healing ceremony for Yosemite Slough on the day that the SF Board of Supervisors voted on Hunters Point Redevelopment and Ohlone inclusion. Public testimony in front of the Board of SF Supervisors. Video production by pollinatethis!
After the Resolution passed unanimously yesterday, the press conference received a staffer from Supervisor Eric Mar’s office, who offered to help in the next steps of implementing the resolution’s intent: inclusion in the planning process. She suggested help with drafting language for “ordinances” and other legislative action.
As the recognition process continues to leave the realm of symbolic and enters the reality of law, more and more Ohlone decendants are seeking out their heritage, embracing it and learning the culture that comes with it.
Eventually, there is a personal confrontation with the history of genocide and mass murder, the anger and despair that comes over that and the dangerous nuclear waste polluting their sacred sites where Lennar Corp actually wants to build housing, all of which is difficult for any human to come to terms with and choose a path of healing, reconciliation and active reformation for future generations.
Conscious choice is key. One can remain inactive around the issues of Native American justice, or one can step forward and participate, whether they are Native or not. For most Ohlone, there’s not much of a choice: it’s participate or disappear and never exist… or exist as something other than Ohlone.
The Ohlone Profiles Project remains an effort for artists, cultural workers and, as seen yesterday, politicians to support and embrace the necessity to strengthen and uphold San Francisco’s positive legacy as Sanctuary City and birthplace of the UN Charter. Artistic forms of communicating culture are just one element of the work. This week’s success at the local, legislative level is another.
At a place known as an EPA Superfund cleanup site where the Navy dumped toxic, toxic waste and ran nuclear tests in a building that’s still standing radioactive… a corporation wants to build housing with a plan that the San Francisco government approved… all in a place that long before was home to Native tribes who still live today, and have not forgotten their ancestors and legacy. Despite the fact that the Navy never cleaned it up, dumped it on SF, which sold it to Lennar Corp for $1, which still hasn’t cleaned it up and is banking on the forgetfulness of a defeated justice-seeking population including environmental scientists public video testimony against the Lennar’s development plan… despite all of this, it is still all of our responsibility today to find justice and to create and live in a just, sacred and sustainable world.
Look at the nice photos taken by Chronicle photographer at the sunrise ceremony
Wednesday night 6pm.
supported by Indian Canyon Chair, Ann Marie Sayers and several people and organizations that are helping bring about a renewal of Ohlone presence in San Francisco: San Bruno Mountain Watch and Literacy for Environmental Justice among others.
2) After the opening ceremony we will broadcast a unique recording of key meetings and interviews made on Alcatraz during February of 1970, of Alcatraz occupiers telling their goals and perspectives. It provides a powerful window on the exuberance and clarity of the Red Power Movement at that time. Our guest will respond, interject, and reflect on that window.
3) Act three will discuss the consequences of Alcatraz. Members of the International Indian Treaty Council, and veterans of the occupation, and a special guest, one of the skippers of Sausalito Indian Navy, Mary Crowley, will tell us stories of solidarity on the sea.
We’ll project five short films onto Coit Tower while these guests converse: films about Alcatraz and the Ohlone, all made within the last few months, will dance on Coit Tower. Films by Marlo McKenzie, Sam and Keith Moreau, Anthony Sol, Rupert, Ben Wood and Dave Mark, Catherine Herrera, and Richard Robinson and Lorenzo will accompany the broadcast.
At 10pm we’ll project the full and excellent documentary “Alcatraz is not an Island,” and we’ll broadcast the audio from that stunning documentary of that history making event.
If we can webcast the event, look for a live Quicktime video stream here: rtsp://tv.indybay.org:80/CoitProjections.sdp
For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. 11, 2009 – This “Thanksgiving” Eve, a digital projection & live radio broadcast commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969-71, prefiguring the return of Ohlone to San Francisco, will have us ask ourselves, what is indigenous? The two-night event titled, “Indigenous Renewal: Alcatraz Occupation Remembrance + Ohlone Presence Celebrated!” features regional film makers’ works and archival footage from the occupation of the island in 1969. Wednesday’s projections will greet people early morning Thursday as they gather at Pier 31 to board boats to Alcatraz for the annual ceremony there.
The encore 2nd screening happens on all-night Thursday evening, November 26, 2009.
An accompanying LIVE radio program is scheduled for this projection beginning at 6pm and continuing to at least 11pm, on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 only. This event follows a series of projections by David Mark and Ben Wood in 2004, 2006, & 2008 highlighting the cultural heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2008 the projection has combined the use of live radio broadcast with the participation of KPOO 89.5 FM and the cooperation of Neil MacLean & Mary Jean Robertson, of Voices of Native the Ohlone Profiles Project. The producers hope to “probe the many thousands of supporters to rethink San Francisco’s history.”
This outdoor cinematic event culminates a week of events commemorating the 40th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz Island by the Indians of All Tribes. The occupation changed American history by ending the US policy of Tribal Termination, and it also strengthened tribes across the country to stand up, including San Francisco’s original inhabitants, the Ohlone. Their renewed strength brings with it the chance for San Francisco to finally do the right thing for its Native people, as so many tens of thousands demanded in 1969.
Collaborating Film Makers and Artists include:
* Welcome to Ohlone Territory: Marlo Mckenzie and Neil Maclean
The projection will use two 12,000 lumen projectors that will cast an illuminated moving image sequence onto the surface of the 210 foot tower from two separate vantage points, covering an area of 270 degrees from the West to the North-East portions of Coit Tower and live remote broadcast from viewing areas.
The San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks has again issued a permit. Special thanks for cooperation with the dwellers of Telegraph Hill, particularly Julie Christiansen. Thanks to Alex Cherian of Bay Television Archive at San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Arts Commission, and D. N. Russo of the Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) Time Bank.
What: A digital projection & live radio broadcast commemorating the 40th anniversary of the
Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969-71
When: November 25th & 26th, 2009, dusk to 7am both nights
Where: Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA,
Viewable from: Pier 31, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pioneer Park, Grant St. & Greenwich St, Washington Sq. Park
Media Inquiries please contact:
Extra Special Thanks to The Clutch Volunteer Union:
Rupert (Coit Location Producer, Mobile Media Studio & Projection Truck, FM Radio Remote Engineer, Website Management, Video Editor, Graphic Design, PR, Location Hospitality)
Special Thanks to Video Producers:
ATA 992 Valencia (at 21st)
Guests: Ann Marie Sayers, Tribal Chair Indian Canyon, Greg Castro, chair, *Sa’yyo Associates Salinan Community, *Charlene Sul, Ohlone quilt maker.
8pm-9:30: screening photographs of California rock art painted between 1100 and 1770, and photographs of the mural painted in 1790, by missionized Ohlones. Comparing and contrasting this before and after ‘contact’ art, we will gain new visual evidence about the effects of Europeanization. This will be the second in a series of seven radio broadcasts and film screenings about San Francisco’s original inhabitants: descendants of the Ohlone Tribe. Our events support film makers and radio producers to meet with and think about Ohlone life, to understand America as colonizer, and the real people, still living, whose lives break the denial.
Ohlones and their Territory May 20th: Seeing and Hearing Ohlones June 17th: 1st Contact with Europe July 22nd: Not “What Next?”, but “What Does it Mean?”
I have never had a sister and I always wondered what it would be like to have one. At the radio show last Wednesday I discovered a sister of my heart. Anne Marie was in fine form. I said, welcome to Ohlone Territory and the look she gave me.. I could hear her without her saying anything, “That’s my Line, I am the Ohlone here!” We laughed when she said damn and Greg shook the sacred rattle to prevent the FCC from coming down on us. What a wonderful event. I am looking forward to the next one already. Hope you are too