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 Added May 4, 2010:  Ohlone Presence: Storytelling on May 8, 2010 Program

Proposed Village House (courtesy DeSmidtDesignBuild)   (Click on a  thumbnail to get a larger picture!)


Inside view: Ceremony taking place around the fire near the center pole

Indian Canyon is a refuge and a peaceful place for people in the world who do not have sacred land for performing their ceremonies. Almost 5,000 visitors participate in rituals, educational programs, and vision quests annually.  It is an irreplaceable resource for community events, as well as a place to preserve cultural heritage.

Indian Canyon proposes to create a self-reliant solar village.  Central to this development is a Village House, a communal building which will be the focal point of the ceremonial and community events at Indian Canyon - dances, storytelling, tribal meetings and healing ceremonies.   Indian Canyon proposes to combine the knowledge and wisdom of the Native people with 21st century technology to serve more visitors, and to increase the deep spiritual and community healing that flows forth from this refuge by expanding activities within the canyon and reaching out to the rest of the world through the Internet and World Wide Web.

Additional development activities include a communication and technology access point with satellite connection, solar and small hydroelectric power systems,  a native plant nursery,  food producing gardens,  food processing appliances, storage and solar ovens,  waste-treatment and recycling systems with small livestock.   These sustainable developments will provide the opportunity for people to contribute to the vision of the self-reliant solar village,  by participating in projects, classes and workshops, internships, and affiliations with local Junior Colleges.

In its composite, Indian Canyon is proposing a self-sufficient ecological-village integrating traditional and sacred architecture, wisdom, and lifestyle -- with the best in renewable and appropriate technologies.  This living-learning center will be linked to the rest of the world with digital computers and the Internet.

People of all faiths and origin are welcome. Indian Canyon asks that visitors respect Mother Earth, come with peace in their hearts and the willingness to share themselves with others of like mind, and seek to understand and be tolerant of the beliefs of others.

In order to carry out the vision and to build the dream, a fundraising program to raise $900,000 is being undertaken.  A full proposal exists describing the uses of the Village House and the life-support projects of Indian Canyon Village, as well as a budget and work plan for construction activities.  Projects will be undertaken as classes and workshops sponsored by the Costanoan Research Inc., DQ University and local community colleges.  Further information is available here.

Indian Canyon is located west of Hollister, California, in San Benito county, and near the Pinnacles National Monument Park.

A Friend of Indian Canyon built this website to raise awareness of the proposed Village House in Indian Canyon.  For further information contact Ann Marie Sayers, tribal chairperson, by email or phone at 831-637-4238.  For information about this website please contact webmaster. Privacy Policy
 Revised: 05/05/10.