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Redemption Song

In the November 9-15, 2022 edition of the Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper, our Muwekma Ohlone Tribe was featured in an article, “Redemption Song”. The article highlights the revitalization of our Muwekma Ohlone Chochenyo hiwey song that was last sung by one of our last speakers, José Guzman in the 1930’s. José is Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Council Member, Sheila Guzman Schmidt’s Great Grandfather. In the article, Tribal members also shared about the pride they have in revitalizing our traditional dances. Muwekma Ohlone Tribal youth member, Isabella ‘Amne Gómez is on the cover of the Metro newspaper and is wearing a traditional feathered top notch (headdress) and rabbit fur blinder. In the photos, our Muwekma Yiššakma ‘ayye Šawwenikma (Muwekma Singers and Dancers) are wearing dance regalia for events held on November 5th and 6th. On Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the NUMU Museum, our Muwekma Ohlone Tribe gave a Welcoming and read our Land Acknowledgment to those in attendance for the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe photo exhibition unveiling, Reclamation: Resilience of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. The public got to see our Tribe’s beautiful photo exhibition. Our Muwekma Wolwoolum Yiššakma ‘ayye Šawwenikma danced and sang in our Chochenyo language along with some of our Miwok relatives. On Sunday, November 6, 2022, we participated in the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Flag Raising Ceremony in the City of Milpitas. We sang and danced their, as well. It was at these events that these photos in the article were taken.

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