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A Home for Indigenous Cultural Activities

Indian Canyon provides an irreplaceable resource for community events in the lives of Native people living on the Central Coast. The California Indian Story Telling Conference draws hundreds of people to the Canyon each year. The Village House will contribute greatly to the accommodation of this annual event, and will also house winter storytelling events. Moon ceremonies are held yearly in the Canyon, and are attended by hundreds of women from the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Indian Canyon has hosted indigenous runners from the Peace and Dignity Run and is being used for the Bear Dance, a traditional California Indian ceremonial dance.  The Village House will make possible more of these traditional dances and major gatherings.

Participants travel hundreds of miles to attend ceremonies at Indian Canyon. In addition to the California Indians using the site, spiritual teachers and tribal members from the Southwest, the Plains, Canada, and the East Coast come to do ceremony at Indian Canyon, as do indigenous people from all over the world: Maori of New Zealand, Australian Aborigines, Sami people from Finland.

It will be a tremendous source of pride and hope to local Costanoan people, particularly the elders to see their ceremonies performed in a traditional setting on their own land. We look forward to the day that they will enter the Village House for the first time, to dedicate it to the continuance of ceremony, and to honor their ancestors.

 

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
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