"We believe that much of the pain our country is wrestling with right now stems from America's avoidance and ignorance of past wrongs. Just like any relationship, true healing can only begin where there have been heartfelt amends and work to repair the broken trust. This acknowledgement and support of the Land Tax are our first steps in that journey." - Patrick Dooley, Founding Artistic Director
In the spirit of humility and respect, we request that you join us in acknowledging that the land beneath this theatre and our studios and throughout the East Bay, is Huchiun [who-CHIN], the traditional, unceded land of the Lisjan [lih-SHAWN], Ohlone people.
This land was taken by force by Spanish, Mexican and U.S. armies and militias. Because we make theatre that calls us to reexamine our lives and the world around us, we believe it’s important to acknowledge this truth so everyone who lives here can think about what it means to benefit from this legacy. Sitting with this knowledge can be uncomfortable. One way to move towards a place of healing is to join in the work of restorative justice. Our company is taking direct action by paying our Shuumi Land Tax. “Shuumi” means “gift” in Chochenyo, the language of the Lisjan [lih-SHAWN]. The funds from the Shuumi Land Tax are used to facilitate the return of Bay Area native land to Indigenous stewardship and to help revitalize rich cultural practices and spiritual traditions that were lost in colonization.
To learn more about the work led by the urban, Indigenous women of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, and support the Native communities who still live on this land, please visit sogoreate-landtrust.org
If you have any questions or thoughts about this land acknowledgment, please email us at: email@example.com