Save The West Berkeley Shellmound with Corrina Gould

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Save The West Berkeley Shellmound with Corrina Gould

By Climate Compassion

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 · 6:30 - 8:30pm PST


North Berkeley (Address on RSVP)


Join Ohlone leader Corrina Gould for an evening of discussion about the future of the West Berkeley Shellmound site. This important sacred site is the oldest Ohlone village around the shores of San Francisco Bay. Strawberry Creek once flowed right through this land. Where the creek met the Bay, Corrina's ancestors started the first village around San Francisco Bay roughly 5,700 years ago. A massive shellmound grew around it and was a center for ritual burials and ceremony. Ohlone ceremony continues at the village site to this day. This is the very first place along the Bay Shores that Ohlone people lived and made their home. This site is older than the pyramids in Egypt and it is older than Jerusalem.

A developer has proposed a 5-story condominium retail complex on the 2.2 acre site (at 1900 4th St.) that is Spenger's parking lot. A decision on the development proposal is expected in the coming months. Corrina is spreading the word about the cultural history of this important site and seeking community support to protect this Berkeley City Landmark, eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, and restore it as an environmental, educational and ceremonial space.

Chochenyo Ohlone leader Corrina Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan and the Co-Founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change. She has worked tirelessly to protect the 425 shellmounds that ring San Francisco Bay, and is currently focused on protecting the West Berkeley Shellmound, the first and oldest Ohlone settlement on the Bay.

If you'd like to contribute, please donate to the Save The West Berkeley Shellmound campaign.

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Climate Compassion

Climate Compassion is a framework and practice for responding to the socio-ecological challenges of our times with compassionate action. We aim to be a node of mutual flourishing, that shifts culture toward a life-sustaining society through community events, workshops and trainings. 

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