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Ohlone Gathering Returns to Coyote Hills

The East Bay Regional Park District invites the public to the Gathering of Ohlone Peoples, Sunday, October 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, California.  

The area encompassed by the East Bay Regional Park District – Alameda and Contra Costa counties – falls within the homelands of about 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, many Ohlone continue to keep their history and elements of their traditional cultures alive.

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 more than 2,000-year-old village site, play an Ohlone game, try making fire without matches, or make a miniature tule boat. Activities include tasting native plant teas,  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 Ohlone and other California Indian ways of life, as well as exhibits on natural history and wildlife.
 
Admission is free, parking is $5. Coyote Hills Regional Park is located at 8000 Patterson Ranch Road (Paseo Padre exit off Highway 84), Fremont, CA 94555. Information: 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757) or www.ebparks.org.

Please note that photography at this event is by permission only.