• Section of Pruristac Village, by Amy Hosa and Linda Yamane

Ohlone Day

Ribbon Cutting for Sanchez Adobe Interpretive Center

On October 26, 2019, the San Mateo County Historical Association will join with San Mateo County officials to mark the completion of a new interpretive center at the Sanchez Adobe Historic Site.  The day’s activities will be highlighted by special salutes to the first people who lived at the site, the Aramai of the Ramaytush Ohlone village of Pruristac.

Ohlone Demonstrations

10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Visit with Ohlone basketweaver, Linda Yamane, as she displays her work and demonstrates the making of a twined basket used for gathering and winnowing. See a variety of Ohlone baskets, both fancy and functional, and the plants from which they’re made.

Isaac Bojorquez is the Tribal Chairman of the KaKoon Ta Ruk Band of Ohlone-Costanoan Indians, and will be showing guests how clapper sticks were an important part of the lives of Ohlone people. 

Kanyon CoyoteWoman Sayers-Roods offers a conversation about the Indigenous people of the Bay area and what it means to #HonorNativeLand and acknowledge the land in today's post colonial settler society. 






Ribbon Cutting

At 12:30 p.m. will be the ribbon cutting with participation from the County Board of Supervisors, who are the major sponsors of the interpretive center.  Supervisors Carole Groom and Don Horsley will represent the County.  Private donors also to be thanked will be the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation and the Atkinson Foundation.


1 p.m.: Mark Hylkema, California State Parks Archeologist, will discuss his work in helping to shed light on the story of the indigenous people of coastal San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

1:45 p.m.: Dr. Jonathan Cordero, Chairperson of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone​, will share his expertise on the effects of missionization on the Ohlone at Mission Dolores. In his research, Dr. Cordero reconstructed the families and tribes of the San Francisco Peninsula to better understand how effective Franciscan efforts were to convert and Hispanicize the Ohlone. Included will be a discussion of the living and working conditions at the mission, population decline, and native persistence.  

2:45 p.m.: Linda Yamane (Rumsen Ohlone) is a writer, artist, basketweaver, and tribal scholar form the Monterey area.  Weaving the past with the present, she will reflect on her decades-long journey to bring back long lost Ohlone cultural practices and technologies.