5-7pm, Friday, February 15, 2019
Pacifica Coastside Museum
Join us for a wine and cheese reception marking the opening of our latest museum exhibit. “The First Coastsiders” tells the fascinating story of the past, present and future of the Ohlone people – Pacifica’s first residents. A thousand years before the Spanish arrived, Pacifica was known as “Pruristac” – one of many thriving villages of the Ohlone people. Our new exhibit explores the lives and lifestyles of the Ohlone, dispelling popular misconceptions, detailing the first contacts with the Spanish, and exploring Ohlone culture and identity today.
We are particularly excited that this opening will include a screening of the powerful nine-minute documentary "In the Land Of My Ancestors" by filmmaker Rucha Chitnis. This film features the incredible Ann Marie Sayers (pictured at left), Mutsun Ohlone, who continues to live in her ancestral homelands in the Indian Canyon. She and her ancestors used the Indian Allotment Act of 1887 to reclaim her ancestral land in Hollister, CA, and offered it to all indigenous peoples who needed a place for their religious ceremonies.
Admission to the exhibit and screening are free; a donation to the continuing educational pursuits of the Pacifica Historical Society is appreciated.