October 2, 2007 > Gathering of Ohlone peoples
Gathering of Ohlone peoples
The area encompassed by the East Bay Regional Park District - Alameda and Contra Costa Counties - falls within the homelands of 25 tribes of Native peoples, who spoke variants of the Bay Miwok, Ohlone, and Northern Valley Yokuts languages. Over 2,000 years ago, the Ohlone and their ancestors established several villages in the area that is now Coyote Hills Regional Park. European settlement brought severe disruption to the Tuibun tribe (located in today's Fremont Plain) and to other Ohlone peoples. Despite their tragic history, Ohlone peoples continue to keep their history and elements of their traditional cultures alive.
Ohlone descendent Desra Halka says that Ohlone cultural gatherings help "re-strengthen family ties that have been loosened by the demands of the modern world." Carol Bachmann, a Mutsun Ohlone, feels an ancestral affinity noting, "I love everything about my culture-the music, songs, regalia, values, and so much more, but I'm especially passionate about basketry. Sometimes, with everything that pulls at us in the modern world, it's hard to find the time to pick up my basket, but once it's in my hands, I don't want to stop weaving," says.
At the Gathering of Ohlone Peoples, Ohlone descendants of varied tribal backgrounds will share family and tribal history, music, song, dance, and stories. They'll discuss contemporary cultural involvements, and demonstrate basket, jewelry, soaproot brush, and dogbane string making. Visitors may walk to a Tuibun Ohlone village site that dates back more than 2,000 years, play an Ohlone game, try making fire without matches, or make a miniature tule boat. Activities include tasting native plant teas, manzanita cider, and, in the afternoon, acorn soup cooked with heated stones in a basket.
Coyote Hills Regional Park is comprised of nearly 978 acres of marshland and rolling grassland-covered hills, along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, northwest of the cities of Fremont and Newark. Popular visitor activities are bicycling, walking, bird watching, jogging, nature exploration, and picnicking. Coyote Hills Regional Park also features a Visitor Center, with exhibits on the Ohlone way of life, as well as exhibits on natural history and wildlife.
Annual Gathering of Ohlone Peoples
Sunday, Oct. 7
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Coyote Hills Regional Park
8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont
(Paseo Padre exit off Highway 84)
(510)795-9385 or (888) 327-2757
Event is free
Parking is $5 per vehicle
Photography at this event is by permission only