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Shellmound walk stops in Alameda

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Archaeologist N.C. Nelson's 1909 map of shellmounds in the Bay Area. Photo from the IPOC website.

Native Americans are honoring their ancestors with a 10-day Shellmound Peace Walk that rings the Bay Area. The walk stops in Alameda this evening and then continues toward Oakland on Saturday.

Tonight’s activities include a potluck dinner, which is at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Alameda, 1912 Central Avenue. The dinner and the discussion about the walk and sacred burial sites in the Bay Area that will follow are open to the public.

This year’s walk, which is the fifth one of its kind in the Bay Area, began in San Jose on Wednesday and will end on November 26 at the Huchiun Shellmound in Emeryville, which is where the Bay Street mall sits now. Event organizer Corrina Gould said the walk is being held this year to celebrate changes in federal law that will lead to the return of thousands of ancestral remains to Native American tribes.

Gould said some 425 shellmound sites have been mapped across the Bay Area, though many have fallen to development. The walk will include a stop in the Sogorea Te shellmound in Vallejo, which the city wants to turn into a park that includes picnic tables, a parking lot and restrooms.

Local sites to be visited on the walk will include the Washington Street spot where workers recently uncovered remains believed to belong to a Native American child and the area that rings Lincoln Park.

The Walk is sponsored by Indian People Organizing for Change, Shellmound Peace Walkers, SSP&RIT and Footprints for Peace. More information is available by clicking the link above.

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