Today, August 9, is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. In recognition of this day, we’d like to take a moment to highlight a local indigenous community, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. The traditional territory of the Amah Mutsun encompasses all or portions of San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Mateo Counties.
The Amah Mutsun Land Trust envisions:
“a future where our people and all people may once again drink safely from clean and clear, flowing waters; hunt from healthy herds of elk and deer; and harvest salmon and abalone from resilient fisheries; behold and pray to a self-sustaining population of condors and eagles soaring the ridges and valleys; witness the sky darken with geese rising off our healthy lakes and wetlands; rest assured that those who have passed may rest in peace; and know their connection to land because they live connected to the land.”
We’re honored to have Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, join us at the year’s Nature’s Inspiration event in Coyote Valley on September 24. We’re looking forward to hearing from Valentin and paying tribute the Amah Mutsun as he leads us in an opening prayer to kickoff the program.