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2013 Ohlone Big Time Gathering in San Francisco

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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
neil@ohloneprofiles.org

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
12-5pm: Booths
7:30pm: Private Healing Ceremony (Private Ohlone event; invitation-only)

Sunday, Oct. 13th
12pm-5pm: Big Time Gathering, Crissy Field dance arena
12-5pm: Booths

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.

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Rumsen Ohlone OCTOBER Events, Ceremonies

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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.

Testing the waters with the freshly made Tule Boat.

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Boat made by Dianna A. & myself  “A.” & another helper.

Pics. By:  Melissa K. Nelson

ABC7 Assignment 7 Sees the Ohlone Coming

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Click to Watch Video on ABC7 website

Years later, Ohlone Indians return home to Bay Area

“The Ohlone Return” to SF Continues at Ethnic Dance Festival

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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 BigTimeGatheringFriday, 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)

Nov. 7 Ohlone Join Veterans in March

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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.

CONTACT: 415-335-5257


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

Photos by Catherine Herrera - http://catherineherrera.photoshelter.com/gallery-list

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.
CONTACT: 415-335-5257

30-minute Video Released – Ohlone inclusion in San Francisco development

The Ohlone Return: Inclusion in SF and Yosemite Slough by The Ohlone Profiles Project.

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!

Resolution passes with immediate response from Mar’s office

Click on image for full storyAfter 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.

-Rupert, Supporter

Look at the nice photos taken by Chronicle photographer at the sunrise ceremony

Sunrise Ceremony to Celebrate “Ohlone Inclusion Act” Supervisor Board Resolution

Tomorrow, the Ohlone Profiles Project joins with the Costanoan Rumen Carmel Tribe of Ohlone to continue the PressReleaseThumb Ohlone Renewal effort in hearing and seeing the SF Board of Supervisors call for more inclusion of Native peoples in City Planning.

Schedule
Tuesday, 6am, Yosemite Slough Sunrise Ceremony (public, TV welcome)
Tuesday 2pm: board of supervisors meeting including testimony about the resolution
Tuesday 4pm City Hall, Room 278, Press Conference with Chairman Tony Cerda and members
of Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe (CRCT), Chairwomen Ann Marie Sayers, and others

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The native Californian Ohlone tribe continues its return to its homeland of San Francisco and will likely get the support of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in a vote on Tuesday, August 10 (tomorrow). A resolution introduced by Supervisor Maxwell on Aug 3rd, urges the Mayor, Planning Department and the Redevelopment Agency to include the Ohlone in the planning process. The purpose is to bring Ohlone into the cultural life of San Francisco, a life from which one of the Ohlone tribes who is organizing the events tomorrow, have been exiled since 1834.

Tomorrow begins for the Ohlone with a public sunrise ceremony at 6am, and includes testifying at the Supervisors’ meeting about 2:30 in the afternoon. The tribe will hold a press conference after the meeting, about 4pm, in City Hall (Room 278). The 6am sunrise ceremony will occur at Yosemite Slough, accessed at the end of Carroll Road in Candlestick Point State Park (see attached map). Television and photojournalists are invited to attend.

The park has the potential to host a circular, outdoor ceremonial arbor for Ohlone and public use. If it were restored the Slough could become a precious salt marsh ecosystem that helps heal the Bay, according to State publicity about the park.

Of highest priority for the Ohlone community is preventing any desecration of their native burial, village and ceremonial sites, the Ohlone ancestors. “What often happens is the builders start driving pylons into the ground at some project site, discover some bones and artifacts, and say ‘oh, sorry’ and offer a monument as as an apology,” says Neil MacLean of the Ohlone Profiles Project. “This resolution aims to prevent that from happening.” The supervisors are urging a full and meaningful inclusion of Ohlone in the development of Hunter’s Point.

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YouTube Video- Demonstrating in front of City Hall to demand inclusion, Video independently produced by YouthOutlookMedia

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