Oakland Museum of California Exhibition
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust was honored to be featured in the Oakland Museum of California’s (OMCA) “Hella Feminist” exhibition.
Working with our media team, OMCA included a number of historic items and collaborated with an Indigenous artist to create a collage in tribute to Indigenous women led land return.
The display case included:
- A protest sign that reads “This is Ohlone Land” in rain streaked letters from an early Shellmound Prayer Walk led by Sogorea Te’ founders.
- The “Pocket Guide to Ohlone Solidarity for both native and non-native allies and accomplices by AcornWiki.
- A photograph of our co-founder Johnella LaRose and a volunteer with a model of an arbor that would become the first built in the territory in 200 years
- A sticker that reads Rematraite the Land.
The vibrant collage by Nunatsiavut Inuk artist Chantall Jung features photos from our creative team including images of Indigenous women and two spirit people engaged in land return work. The center is an ancestral Ohlone basket and the circle of figures is framed with plants that were grown on rematriated land including White Sage, Amaranth and California Poppies.
For this exhibition, our team worked with members of OMCA over several months. We suggested the items for the case and that idea that we include a component that was not historic or enclosed. This led us to the collage and allowed us to work with an Indigenous artist and create a beautiful new representation of Indigenous women led work.
We appreciate the time, consideration, and resources that supported this exhibition and how it uplifted Indigenous women led land return. Thank you to the whole OMCA curatorial team!