Over the last few years, UCBHSSP has spent time learning about settler colonialism and the ongoing history and presence of Ohlone people in the Bay Area. These resources have been compiled and developed as a result of this period of study. We hope they serve as a useful launching place for educators who are working to center Native history and culture through their instruction and to reinforce for students that we live and work on unceded Ohlone land.
Introductions to Settler Colonial Frameworks
- Teen Vogue
- Settler Fragility
Settler colonialism is a useful framework for making sense of the history of the United States and more specifically California, which experienced three distinct phases of colonization - Spanish, Mexican, and American. As a theoretical framework, it positions the relationship of Native people to the United States government as an ongoing system of power, rather than as a series of past events. These articles are the most accessible introductory readings that we have found.
How can we make a curricular commitment to grounding each year’s history-social science instruction in our understanding of the history and culture of Ohlone people?
This lesson to introduces young learners to who is ancestral to the land they live on, and how to be a good guest.
This unit map could be the basis for centering Ohlone history with students. The included sources, prepared for student use, will need to be supplemented with additional materials and student facing questions.
This brief lesson centers discussion of land acknowledgements in the context of the Biden-Harris inauguration and the song "This Land is Your Land."
This excerpt from a Teen Vogue article could be used with secondary students.
Curriculum and Teaching Resources
A film that highlights the efforts of Ohlone women to reclaim their ancestral culture and land in the Bay Area.
“A Brief Historical Overview of a Previously Federally Recognized Tribe,” Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area.
An Ohlone authored narrative, which includes primary source images.
California Indian History Curriculum Coalition, Sacramento State University
This website includes lesson plans, articles, and podcasts.
Useful video that center's the voices of California Indians, including Vincent Medina, a Muwekma Ohlone tribal member.
Curriculum and resources developed by Peralta Hacienda Historical Park under the advisement of Ohlone educators.
Articulation of clear learning goals across ten domains.
Overview of the history of local tribal communities, and present day cultural revival and activism, compiled for the Bay Area Equity Index.
Ohlone Youth Summit, Tule Boat Voyages, East Bay Regional Parks (video)
A video chronicling Ohlone youth as they are reintroduced to ancestral cultural practices.
Beverly R. Ortiz, Ohlone Curriculum with Bay Miwok Content and Introduction to the Delta Yokuts (East Bay Regional Parks: 2015).
These Ohlone-authored lessons are useful for third and fourth grade students, in particular, but could be used across grade levels.
Digtital maps, portals, and timelines that can be used to center lessons.
Native Peoples of the East Bay: Past and Present (East Bay Regional Parks).
This resource includes useful maps for looking at the settlement of the East Bay over time.
Amah-Mutsun authored lessons that could be modified for your region.
List of useful suggestions for teaching and discussing Native communities, today and in the past. Part of a map lesson on exploring Native perspectives.
Beverly Ortiz and Gregg Castro, “America’s Byways and Native Americans,” Journal for American Byways, October 2011.
This resource provides recommendations for teaching Native history as well as building relationships with Native communities.
Useful models and frameworks for developing lessons on Native history in California. Includes guidance for partnering with tribal representatives.
A compilation of resources from a variety of federal institutions, including the National Archives and Smithsonian.
Specific guidance around land acknowledgements and terminology.
"The Acorn: An Ohlone Love Story," Outside/In (podcast)
Collaboratively developed podcast episode with Vincent Medina, Muwekma Ohlone, and Louis Trevino, Rumsen Ohlone, the founders of Cafe Ohlone.
Berkeley's Ohlone History (recorded talk)
Talk by Corrina Gould, spokesperson of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan, as part of the Berkeley Origins speaker series.
Les Field, Alan Leventhal, Dolores Sanchez, and Rosemary Cambra, "A Contemporary Ohlone Tribal Revitalization Movement: A Perspective from the Muwekma/Costanoan Indians of the San Francisco Bay Area," California History (Fall 1992).
An Ohlone co-authored history of Native people in the Bay Area. Includes historic photos and documents that could be used for instruction.
Corrina Gould, Presentation on Lisjan Ohlone
Part of the Diablo Valley Community College 2020 Equity Speaker Series.
Malcolm Margolin, The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area (1997).
This book (for purchase) describes Native life in the Bay Area prior to the arrival of Europeans.
Randall Milliken, Laurence H. Schoup, and Beverly R. Ortiz, "Ohlone/Costanoan Indians of the SF Peninsula and their Neighbors, Yesterday and Today,” National Park Service (2009).
This extensive study reinforces for adult learners the specific consequences of the three periods of colonization in California - Spanish, Mexican, and American - and provides useful excerpts from primary sources that could be incorporated into student lessons.
“How do we heal? Toppling the Myth of Junipero Serra,” KQED, 7 July 2020.
Critical explanation of the historical significance of Junipero Serra and concrete strategies for renaming and landmarking.
A website that shares the findings of an academic project that documents how land was taken from Indigenous people to form the basis of the public colleges and universities of the United States.
This new scholarship represents through mapping the communication networks across tribal communities in the late nineteenth century.