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CaptionBeneath the streets and all along the estuaries of the San Francisco and San Pablo Bay region lie ancient remnants of the daily and sacred lives of California’s native peoples. Pavement and buildings now mostly cover what used to be hundreds of shellmounds — gently rounded hills formed from accumulated layers of organic material deposited over generations by native coastal dwellers. Often the sites of burials and spiritual ceremonies these shellmounds are still places for veneration. But preserving the remaining shellmounds has proven to be a contentious issue among developers indigenous rights groups preservationists and local governments. --- --- --- In the latter part of the 20th century activists began working to protect remaining shellmounds and honor leveled sites where the commerce of modern life is conducted atop the graves of the Bay Area’s native peoples. Since 2005 organizers have sponsored a 280-mile shellmound prayer walk lasting between 10 days and thee weeks that visits several sites in the nine-county Bay Area region. The walk is primarily organized by Native women and many in the Bay Area Native community participate in the walk though walkers have come from as far away as Australia Japan the Cape Verde Islands and Nova Scotia. Some of the sites visited by the prayer walkers are already entombed under retail strips others are protected and still others are facing development pressure. _______________ A 1907 photo showing the Shellmound Park dance hall that once sat atop the Emeryville shellmound. Photo by Max Uhle University Press.
HeadlineA 1907 photo showing the Shellmound Park dance hall that once sat atop the Emeryville shellmound
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URLhttp://www.sacredland.org/shellmounds-of-the-bay-area/

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