The Ohlone Profiles Project set out to present profiles of Ohlone organizations and teachers: to create a catalog of living Ohlone and present that to San Francisco on the internet. We felt that by demonstrating the life of the tribe, we could gain support for the tribe.
We were working at New College and with MJ’s radio show on KPOO, so we had chances not only to build on line profiles but to broadcast in community settings.
Katherine Herrera introduced us to the Rumsen tribe, and its Chief Tony Cerda.
We gathered a group of Ohlone together and came up with a plan to present the tribe at four locations in San Francisco, and to support relationships between the tribe and the communities at each of those locations.
We agreed to host a ceremonial cycle in San Francisco and to let that sacred process lead to bases of support in the city, for the tribe.