Attempting to use Chochenyo Ohlone in my Facebook statuses more often. A small step, but helping me grasp my ancestral tongue better, and bringing the language more into 2011 daily use!!
Another drive to Chumash Country to represent Mission Dolores at the Mission Curators Conference and lecture about how at Mission Dolores we are strenghtening the Indian presence and story.
Hiking with my mom, dad, and little brother at Coyote Hills, an sacred Ohlone site traditionally called Tuibun. We are teaching my little brother about his identity, the fact he comes from the ancient ones. This is ours. This place is still sacred.
You can steal the fruit, but not the roots.
Just recorded the Ohlone welcome greeting with my little cousin Amaya for the Oakland Museum of California. We will both be on a large video screen at the enterance of the museum welcoming people to the homeland of the Ohlone people in Chochenyo!!
Relearning is a form of resistance. Our collective, cultural memory is embedded in us as is our DNA…. Traditions sparked back to life, refusing to extinguish.
My first speech this week in my public speaking class was due and the subject for the two minute speech was pet peeves. Nervously, I went up in front of the classroom and gave my speech. My name is Vincent Medina and my pet peeve is when people think the term “Ohlone” is strictly referring to the name of our college (Ohlone College), let me explain. I am an Ohlone Indian. For...
The next generation, my cousin, learning...
At the Ishi conference hearing stories of California Indian resistance, struggle, hope, pride. Listening to millennia old stories and songs. The California Indian story doesn’t die. Hache cahmicmish— we are strong.
A day working the the archives
Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to go onto the Peninsula to work the the old Mission San Jose archives dating from the late 1700s. I went with my cousin, Andy, and another Ohlone who I am not related to, but has involved with my family for many years, Kathy. I found out Kathy lived with my great-grandmother, my Nana, during her college years. She had many stories about her, stories that...
Teen uses song to preserve Native language - http://pulse.me/s/1twBQ
rouge archaeologists and indian monitors
Túuxi Káphan, 31 Kórmey ‘Ošaatiš 2011 To vent frustration, I needed to write something. One of my jobs in archaeology is what we call a Native American Monitor, or Indian Monitor. What we do is essentially work to monitor the archaeologist from disrespecting our ancestors’ remains, and make sure ancestral sites and all that that envelops is handled with respect and dignity. One...