Alameda Native History Project Shellmound Model

For the first time, ever, an entirely independent research project, led by a Native American descendant, has produced a tangible representation of pre-contact Native American Spirituality and Engineering. About the Alameda Native History Project: The Alameda Native History Project is an independent, Native-led research project focusing on discovering unknown or misunderstood Native History, and educating… Continue reading Alameda Native History Project Shellmound Model

Independent Alameda Native History Project Develops First 3D Shellmound Model

Local Native American-led Research Project Aims to Educate Public, Advocate for Shellmounds Click here to skip the article and download the Alameda Native History Project Shellmound Model, made by Gabriel Duncan. For the first time ever, an entirely independent research project, led by a Native American descendant, has produced a tangible representation of pre-contact Native… Continue reading Independent Alameda Native History Project Develops First 3D Shellmound Model

Alternatives to Paying Shuumi (Sogorea Te’s “Land Tax”)

Acknowledging our occupation of Native Land; and the way we benefit from Mission Enslavement of Native Americans, the enslavement of people we know as African-American, and the California Genocide is not this easy. The Sins of Colonialism can not be washed away with more blood money. Direct investment in the community is what’s needed, instead.… Continue reading Alternatives to Paying Shuumi (Sogorea Te’s “Land Tax”)

Tribal Groups of the San Francisco Bay Region (and How To Pick a Tribal Consultant)

Tribal land claims are complex, and overlapping. This is especially true Today; when seeking out tribes for legally required consultation around Native American Graves and Cultural Resources.

Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo Map

After studying maps, and reading literally thousands–maybe tens of thousands–of pages about the First Peoples of the San Francisco Bay Area; I’ve learned a lot. It took a while to read works from the beginning (1800’s), up to the latest, including Randall Milliken’s work; which goes beyond the 2009, “A Time of Little Choice”. He… Continue reading Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo Map

N.C. Nelson Shellmounds Coastlines: Then vs. Now

This map was really hard to conform using present-day landmarks. Not only has sea-level risen considerably in the past 112 Years; but much of the coast line noted in the Coastal Survey has eroded, or used as fill, to erase much of what was open water along the San Francisco Bay Area Shorelines. This is… Continue reading N.C. Nelson Shellmounds Coastlines: Then vs. Now

Bay Area Tribal Lands + Shellmounds Map

This map shows the Tribal Lands and Shellmounds of the San Francisco Bay Region. Most maps of this area show “Language Groups”. I think it’s important to specifically mention that Language Groups are not Tribes, and do not accurately reflect the culture or specific Identity of a Tribal Group, or “Triblet”.

West Berkeley Shellmound (Oops)

I guess the first thing I should say is that I know this looks like some kind of CIA/COINTELPRO hit job on a local Native American Leader. Before I tell you that’s not what I actually set out to do, let me answer some basic questions, and give you a background….

Stop fighting with each other; unite and fight colonization!

Recognize the Urban Reservation, and envision an Intertribal Future for the San Francisco Bay Area. After checking out Timbisha Shoshone Tribe v. Salazer, in the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, No. 11-5049, decided May 15, 2012, one major thing popped out to me, that seems to be a recurring theme–other than lack… Continue reading Stop fighting with each other; unite and fight colonization!