Presentation Title

Protecting sacred sites: Project Juristac

Panel Title

Connecting to the Past: The Indigenous Peoples of the San Francisco Bay Area

Presenter Bio

Valentin Lopez has served as Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band since 2003, and the President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust since its inception. Valentin is a Native American Advisor to the University of California, Office of the President on issues related to repatriation. He is also a Native American Advisor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Valentin is actively involved in efforts to restore tribal indigenous knowledge and ensure that history is accurately told.

Presentation Description

Val will speak about the important work being initiated by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band at the nexus of ecological stewardship, cultural revitalization, and healing. Inspired by an obligation to be stewards of their homelands and more-than-human relatives, the Amah Mutsun are pursuing innovative means to regain connection to traditional territory to revitalize dormant cultural practices. Such practices have engendered healing from intergenerational trauma within the community as well as healing of the land itself. Val will also speak about efforts to protect Juristac, an Amah Mutsun Sacred site, from harmful extraction of a proposed gravel mine/quarry.

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Mar 15th, 4:00 PM Mar 15th, 6:00 PM

Protecting sacred sites: Project Juristac

Val will speak about the important work being initiated by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band at the nexus of ecological stewardship, cultural revitalization, and healing. Inspired by an obligation to be stewards of their homelands and more-than-human relatives, the Amah Mutsun are pursuing innovative means to regain connection to traditional territory to revitalize dormant cultural practices. Such practices have engendered healing from intergenerational trauma within the community as well as healing of the land itself. Val will also speak about efforts to protect Juristac, an Amah Mutsun Sacred site, from harmful extraction of a proposed gravel mine/quarry.

https://digitalcommons.ciis.edu/religionecologysummit/2021/Monday/2