The Making of an Exhibition: Reclamation of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe’s History and Heritage
The Making of an Exhibition: Reclamation of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe’s History and Heritage

Curious about how exhibitions come together? Wondering how multiple partners can come together to accomplish a common vision? Learn about the collaboration and partnership between NUMU staff, the Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Council, San José State University anthropology professors and graduate students, and artists in telling the story of the Tribe’s history and heritage.


Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Time: 5 - 6 PM PT
Location: Virtual on Zoom
Tickets: FREE with a $10 Suggested Donation


Past Events

Native Chochenyo Language
Horše Túuxi Muwékma Ohlone Tribal Members, Family, and Friends,

Join the Muwékma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco on Sunday, November 27th at 2 pm, when East Bay Regional Park District will celebrate the translation of 35 Trail Posts at Máyyan Šaatošikma ~ Coyote Hills Regional Park into our Native Chochenyo Language.

The Muwékma Ohlone Tribe Language Committee began working on this Chochenyo Trail Marker Project in 2016 and now it will be unveiled in recognition of Native American Heritage Month!

Free Public Event, see Flyer for more information. We look forward to seeing you on November 27th!

Date: Sunday, November 27th, 2022
Time: 02:00 PM

Horše Túuxi Mak-Suyyakma ’ayye Mak-’Aččokma ~ Good day Muwekma Family and Friends!

Please join the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe at the American Indian Heritage Celebration, Friday, November 11, Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2022. See the Very Informative Flyers for the Daily Schedule of Events.

*Be sure to stop by the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Information and Cultural Exhibit Booth and say “Horše Túuxi!”

*On Saturday, November 12th from 12:30PM to 4:30PM – Elderberry Clapper Stick Demonstration with Anthony Kesler (Miwok).

*On Saturday, November 12th at 5PM begins the California BIG TIME - The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe will Dance with our Miwok and Pomo Brothers and Sisters - Aho!!

*On Sunday, November 13th from 1PM to 5PM – Abalone Shell Shaping and Necklace Making Project with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the American Indian Heritage Celebration!!

American Indian Heritage Celebration 2022 – Schedule of Events

Join us on November 11 - 13, 2022 at ConXion To Community at 749 Story Road in San Jose, CA for our American Indian Heritage Celebration 2022

Special guests: Arvol Looking Horse, Billy Mills, Supaman

Friday, November 11, 2022

  • Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area giving the Tribal Land Acknowledgement at 5:30 PM
  • American Indian and Alaskan Native Veteran's Roll Call at 6 PM
  • Goodshield Aguilar at 7 PM
  • Richie Ledreagle at 7:30 PM
  • Nataanii Means at 8 PM
  • Supaman at 8:30 PM

Saturday, November 12, 2022

  • Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area giving the Tribal Land Acknowledgement at 12 PM
  • Elderberry Clapper Stick Demonstration by Anthony Kesler (Miwok) from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Sage Romero (Hoop Dancer) at 1 PM
  • Taanta Kwaan Tei Kweidee Dance Group (Alaskan Dancers) at 2 PM
  • Calpulli Tonalehqueh (Mexica Dancers) at 3 PM
  • “IYA” The Ex’celen Remember (Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation Reading/Play) at 4 PM
  • California Indian BIG TIME from 5 PM to 10 PM -
    • Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Group
    • Sacramento Youth Dance Group,
    • Sonoma County Pomo Dance Group,
    • California American Indian Bear Dancers

Sunday, November 13, 2022

  • Gourd Dance at 11 AM
  • Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area giving the Tribal Land Acknowledgement at 12 PM
  • Grand Entry/Powwow at 12 PM
  • Veterans' Honoring Celebration at 4 PM
  • Powwow concludes at 7 PM

The Event is free and open to the public

There will be Frybread and Indian Tacos

American Indian Market

Reclamation: Aboriginal Ancestral Homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe
Reclamation: Aboriginal Ancestral Homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

NUMU is collaborating with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, San Jose State University, and Mosaic America on this art exhibition, featuring photography of their aboriginal ancestral homeland by Tribal Photographer Kike Arnal. Visitors to the exhibit can also explore with the Mosaic Atlas Cultural Mapping Project, an interactive map highlighting places of significance to local indigenous peoples and other regional cultural groups.

Date: December 9th, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM

NUMU New Museum Los Gatos
106 E. Main StreetLos Gatos, CA 95030, United States (map)

Reclamation: Resilience of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe
Reclamation: Resilience of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

NUMU is collaborating with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and San Jose State University on this art exhibition about the vitality of the Muwekma, featuring photography of tribal members by their Tribal Photographer Kike Arnal. The project will promote deeper understanding of local indigenous art, culture, history, and contemporary issues in Los Gatos and the greater Bay Area, and preserve and share knowledge about critical issues of federal recognition that the Muwekma Ohlone continue to fight for.

Date: Friday, November 4th, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM

NUMU New Museum Los Gatos
106 E. Main StreetLos Gatos, CA 95030, United States (map)

Fall Exhibition Celebration
Fall Exhibition Celebration

Event by New Museum Los Gatos - MUMU and Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area

Join us for an afternoon in the NUMU galleries to celebrate our exhibitions. Get ready for a unique opportunity to meet exhibiting artists, curators, and collaborators. Together, we’ll learn more about their artwork, and enjoy live music, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and refreshing beverages. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

See you at the Museum!

Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2022
Time: 1-4 PM

12-1pm Member’s Only tour of Terra Firma with Curator Marianne McGrath
1pm Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Land Acknowledgment
2pm Performance by Muwekma Ohlone Tribe highlighting traditional revitalized dances and songs
2:30-4pm mingle with exhibiting artists and enjoy refreshments on the patio

César Chavez Plaza
César Chavez Plaza

Join us as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a blessing. land acknowledgment and cultural dances.

Date: Sunday, November 6th , 2022
Time: 02:00 PM

Politics of Erasure: Federal Reaffirmation of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

New Museum Los Gatos (map)

We invite you to join NUMU during the week of Indigenous People’s Day to learn more about the Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Council’s effort to regain federal recognition. Hear from Tribal Chairwoman Charlene Nijmeh, Tribal Vice Chairwoman Monica Arellano, and Tribal Ethnohistorian Alan Leventhal as they discuss the tribe’s history, the decades of “politics of erasure” that have led to the present situation, where the fight for the Tribe’s reaffirmation as a federally recognized Tribe stands today, and how you can support the Muwekma Ohlone in their efforts.

NUMU will be opening two new exhibitions, one on November 4th and the other on December 9th, highlighting the history, heritage, culture, and places of significance of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Council

(There is more information on their website you can use and post the link to the NUMU event page as well.)

Date: Friday, October 14th, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

End Racism, Build Peace

Join the Muwékma Ohlone Tribe tomorrow, Saturday, September 17 at 10am for the 2022 United Nations International Day of Peace “End Racism, Build Peace”. It will be an uplifting program including youth presentations. Muwékma will be offering a Welcome Declaration to our Aboriginal Tribal Area and a Tribal Land Acknowledgment.

Last year, EBRPD installed a Peace Pole that says “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in many languages. In Chochenyo we say “Píšen Kítti Káy’e Piretka”.

This event is provided by East Bay Regional Park District at Lake Chabot Regional Park
17600 Lake Chabot Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM

Native American Family Gathering

Please join the Muwékma Ohlone Tribe at the San Lorenzo Unified School District Native American Family Gathering on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 5-7pm at the Arroyo High School Quad in San Lorenzo. We will be offering a Welcome Declaration to our Aboriginal Tribal Area, a Tribal Land Acknowledgment, and Singing our Muwékma Welcome Song in Chochenyo.

There will also be a Powwow Dancing, Drumming, and Food exhibition to share. Stop by and learn about the new Native American Family Advisory Committee. We hope to see you there!


Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2022
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Stop by and visit the Muwékma Ohlone Tribe Information and Cultural Exhibit Booth on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 11 am to 7 pm. Learn about our Tribal history, culture, and language.

Stop by the “Justice for Muwékma” Booth and learn how you can support our efforts for Federal Recognition. Become a Muwékma Ally!

Join us on Saturday, May 7 at 5 pm as We Dance for the First Time at the Stanford Powwow, during the “Special Performance”.

We hope to see you at the Stanford Powwow. Aho!!!

Check out Stanford University’s Muwékma Ohlone Tribal Land Acknowledgment in English and our Native Chochenyo language here:

Check out the “Justice for Muwékma” Instagram page and get updates at:

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2022
Time: 5:00 PM

Flag Raising Ceremony

Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area Area are honored to host Indigenous leader, author, and scientist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer for a talk centered around the themes of her best-selling book “Braiding Sweetgrass”. A citizen of the Potawatomi Nation, Dr. Kimmerer writes about the intersections of traditional ecological knowledge and science, and how native traditions and scientific disciplines provide different languages through which we can interpret the world. Integrating the two can provide us with a roadmap for how people can come into relationship with and care for the land where they live, honoring the past and planning for a sustainable future.

The in-person event is $10-$20.

The online simulcast is FREE.

Advance registration required for both in-person and online event. Tickets can be reserved here:

Check it out on Facebook:

Charlene Nijmeh, Chairwoman of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe will be the head of ceremonies and will also introduce the Muwekma Ohlone Preservation Foundation, our nonprofit whose goals include connecting with and caring for our ancestral lands in the Bay Area. A blessing and land acknowledgement will also be delivered by Vice Chairwoman Monica V. Arellano along with other tribal members.

In Person Event: Sunday, May 15th at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose. Tickets range from $10-20 and include reserved seating. Event begins at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Virtual Event: Community members can participate for free in the online broadcast that will occur simultaneously, or to watch a recording that will be available through midnight, Sunday, June 4th.

POST has been supporting the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe in our effort to set up a 501(c)3 land trust, the Muwekma Ohlone Preservation Foundation The intention in partnering and co-hosting this event with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is to help raise awareness and support for our effort, as well as to raise general awareness amongst POST's audience of conservation-minded people about the need to support indigenous people and organizations in the Bay Area.

We hope you will join us on the Special Evening.

Flag Raising Ceremony

Join the Muwékma Ohlone Tribe at the Second Annual Santa Clara Powwow this Saturday, April 30, at 11:30 am. We will offer a Welcoming Declaration, Land Acknowledgment, Blessing, and sing our Welcome Song in our Native Chochenyo language. Aho!

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Time: 11:30 am

Get more information:

Flag Raising Ceremony

Chabot College President Susan Sperling, IPEA, and the Muwékma Ohlone Tribe invite you to Chabot College for the Muwékma Ohlone Flag Raising Ceremony.

The Muwékma Ohlone Flag will be permanently flown on the college campus to acknowledge the history of the land on which we live, work, and learn. They also recognize our Muwékma Ohlone People, who are alive and flourishing members of the Hayward and broader Bay Area communities.

Date: Monday, April 18, 2022
Time: 3:30pm light refreshments | 4:00pm start of program
Locatiom: Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545 | Flag area in front of Building 200

Mákkin Mak Muwékma Wolwóolum, ’Akkoyt Mak-Warep, Manne Mak Hiswi!

We Are Muwekma Ohlone, Welcome To Our Ancestral Homeland!

Muwékma Wolwóolum Warep Taššu Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Land Acknowledgment for California Native Night, San Jose, CA Thámien Ancestral Muwekma Ohlone Territory

In Honor of our Muwékma Ohlone People Coming Out to Dance in over 125+ years!

Horše túuxi! We would like to recognize that while we come together for California Native Night in the City of San Jose, we are gathered on the ethno-historic tribal territory of the Thámien Ohlone speaking tribal groups of the greater Santa Clara Valley, which includes the lands of the Thámiens, Alsons, Matalans, and the Paleños… who were intermarried with the direct ancestors of some of the lineages enrolled in the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area, whom were missionized into Missions Santa Clara, San Jose, and San Francisco.

Please watch the video for the complete Muwékma Ohlone Tribal Land Acknowledgment. Aho!

Feeling Excited and Emotional as we lined up, ready to enter the circle to dance for the first time in over 125 years for our Muwékma Ohlone People?