Mission Period and Junipero Serra

“I saw what I could hardly believe…namely that they go about entirely naked like Adam in Paradise before the fall…though they saw us clothed they never the less showed not the least trace of shame, in their manner of nudity”,  Junipero Serra, May 15, 1769.

Francisco Palou, Palou’s Life of Fray Junipero Serra

Independent Journal, December 26, 2007

Retired Bishop Francis A. Quinn of Sacramento, during a Dec. 15 Mass at the Church of St. Raphael in San Rafael, apologized to the Coast Miwok Indians for the Church’s mistreatment of them two centuries ago.

The Mass was held to commemorate the 190th anniversary of the founding of Mission San Rafael Arcangel.

The Miwok Indians once occupied the lands from the Golden Gate to north of Bodega Bay and helped Spanish priests build and maintain the mission in 1817.

The bishop conceded that the Indians were repaid by Church authorities with the destruction of their own spiritual practices and cruel punishment for any disobedience.

“I’ve studied the Coast Miwok tribe and found that some of the Church missionaries treated them rather roughly in insisting that they accept a European Catholicism and disciplined them for not following what they taught them,” Bishop Quinn told The Herald, Sacramento’s diocesan newspaper, in an interview.

“I felt I should express regret that the Miwok were treated unfairly in many ways, although the missionaries were well-intentioned but mistaken and doing only what they had been taught to do in bringing the faith to the Indians,” Bishop Quinn added.

“They probably didn’t expect an apology, so some of the Indians even wept. I look on it as a time of reconciliation and understanding between the Miwoks and Church representatives.”

Greg Sarris, head of the Miwok tribal council, officially called the Federal Indians of Graton Rancheria, told The Associated Press that Bishop Quinn’s remarks were historic.

“I have not heard this happening anywhere else in this country,” he said.

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The Moon, the Oak and the Coyote

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Thank you for visiting us. We are grateful for your patience with us in constructing and establishing this site. It has been a pet project for some time now without enough administrative attention or time devoted to it. We are … Continue reading

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Marin County Coastline

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Originally called the Pelican, the English flagship Golden Hind, commanded by Francis Drake on it’s voyage around the world, anchored off the Miwok Coastline of present day Marin County, California in 1579.  Father Francis Fletcher, chaplain to the expedition, logged … Continue reading

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CHIEF SEATTLE’S 1854 ORATION

The devastating effect of the European invasion had an overwhelming impact on the native population.  Chief Seattle gave his  summation in a moving speech that echoed the feelings  of many Native Americans.  Though the actual wording of the speech has been questioned because he spoke in his native tongue the message is undeniable. 

“CHIEF SEATTLE’S 1854 ORATION” – ver . 1

AUTHENTIC TEXT OF CHIEF SEATTLE’S TREATY ORATION 1854 Yonder sky that has wept tears of compassion upon my people for centuries untold, and which to us appears changeless and eternal, may change. Today is fair. Tomorrow Continue reading

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Sir Francis Drake and Coast Miwok Leader

The coronation of a new leader?

The coronation of a new chief?

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Ojibway Prayer

Coast Miwok Woman

Grandfather,
Look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones
Who are divided
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk in the Sacred Way.
Grandfather,
Sacred One,
Teach us love, compassion, and honor
That we may heal the Earth
And heal each other

Ojibway Prayer

 

Grandfather,

Look at our brokenness.

We know that in all creation

Only the human family

Has strayed from the Sacred Way.

We know that we are the ones

Who are divided

And we are the ones

Who must come back together

To walk in the Sacred Way.

Grandfather,

Sacred One,

Teach us love, compassion, and honor

 

That we may heal the Earth

And heal each other.

Ojibway Prayer

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