The Ohlone: Honoring the History and Heritage

27 02 2014

ohlone nation

The Ohlone:
Honoring the History and Heritage of the Indigenous People of the San Francisco Bay Area

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 
Suggested Donation 0-$5

Indian Health Center Family Resource Center
25 North 14th Suite 140
San Jose, Ca 95116

Alan Leventhal’s PowerPoint presentation will cover the history of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay and San Jose area.  This presentation discusses the 10,000 year heritage of the ancestral Ohlone cultures, their contact with the Hispanic Empire, the adverse impacts of missionization, the destruction of Native California societies and devastation of California ecological systems, the American colonial period during the 19th century, the Federal Recognition of many California Tribes as the result of the discovery of the 18 unratified treaties of 1851-1852, and the survival strategies deployed by tribal communities during the 20th century.

History, More Than You Think…

4 07 2010

As I was reviewing some student papers for class, I read a response to a question I had asked them, “what is history?”

There responses made me think…and I came up with this…

History is not just what happened in our past

In the U.S. and so many other countries, history is decided by those in power. Their history is not just what happened in the past, it is used as a tool to justify their position of power.

So, in this country, history especially, is an opportunity and a tool to understand ones position within a class system and with that understanding an opportunity to liberate oneself from this system of oppression.