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A Center for Learning About Indian Life

Indian Canyon is an important resource for school districts throughout the Central Coast area. Elementary school students learning about California history come to the Canyon to experience where the Costanoan lived and continue to live, to hear their stories and history, and, most importantly, to meet living California Indians, a people who are as much a part of California today as they were 1 50 years ago. During each school year, several dozen elementary and high schools from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo bring students to Indian Canyon. For many schools, this trip is an annual event. Students and teachers prepare for the trip by malting a pledge to the Earth which they speak at a gathering in the Canyon.

The Canyon also offers an invaluable resource for college and graduate school students interested in California history, Native American Studies,  conservation and natural resources, community studies, and other disciplines.  At any given time the Canyon is host to a half dozen researchers and interns from colleges and universities throughout Northern California. Some of theirprojects have included: preparation of cultural materials for the Living Museum, stream and native plant restoration, census studies, and cultural histories.

The Village House will augment studentsí experience of Indian Canyon by serving as a teaching site and by allowing for more winter and spring school visits.

"We like going to the place where the Ohlone people went to be safe and be who they really wanted to he. We really liked going inside the nice dark sweat lodge and thinking good thoughts for the Earth and all people." - Student comments, Pacific Coast Charter School field trip



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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