Visions Into Infinite: Chumash Beauty

Visions Into Infinite: Chumash Beauty By Vincent Medina Today marks the closure of the Black Salt Collective’s show at SOMArt Gallery in San Francisco, named Visions Into Infinite. In the curatorial statement of the Collective’s show, they unabashedly state “We not only imagine a future that sheds white supremacist, heterosexual, and patriarchal ideals, we create a universe where the dreams of our a...
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“Standing on Sacred Ground” will be on KQED

The rise of the Shasta Dam is currently before Congress, and with critics calling the current drought a result of “misguided environmental policy,” this national public television broadcast (also airing on the World Channel beginning May 17) gives viewers an inside look at the traditional ceremonies of Northern California’s Indigenous Winnemem Wintu tribe and how the rise of the Dam will destroy the...
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Amah Mutsun’s Letter to Pope Francis

Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan/Ohlone Indians, wrote a poignant letter to Pope Francis sharing a Native perspective on why Junipero Serra should not be named a Saint. February 24, 2015 Re: Open Letter to Pope Francis, Your Holiness, Pope Francis, My name is Valentin Lopez and I am the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Our historic and continuous Tribe is comprised of the d...
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In Our Languages. Voices on Missions.

California Indian voices on what Missions represent ‘akkwet horše k-hinnan, kiš sohyen k-hinnan ‘aa ‘e hemme mákkin — My heart is sad on me, oh but we are alive still. Chochenyo Ohlone Vincent Medina   pachu attap waS aa mishshix rumsen rottey. inn kuwee makk emmen. — Now it is good to be Rumsen again. But we will not forget. Rumsen Ohlone Louis Trevino   May’ hedda’ hoyu...
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COMMON AND INSTITUTIONAL SAINTS Written by Ursula K. Le Guin Reading about the imminent canonization of Junipero Serra I want to tear my hair and shout at the Catholic Church and its clever pope, “How can you call this religious conquistador, this cruel bigot, this terrible man, a saint?” Maybe I can calm down by considering what the word “saint” means. In daily life, in ordinary speech, a saint is a notably kind, pa...
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