Indian Canyon is the only land continuously held by the Ohlone people, the first inhabitants of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. Indian Canyon is the only federally recognized "Indian Country" along coastal Northern California From Santa Barbara to Sonoma.
In order to provide a place for Indigenous people who need land for ceremony, Indian Canyon hosts over five sweat lodges, beautiful arbor area for gatherings, and offers a round house area (site for our future traditional Village House) for special events. In addition to offering 30-40 areas for individual prayer and ceremony. Indian Canyon provides research and exchange opportunities for students and interns from throughout Northern California.
All kinds of wildlife, flora and fauna, can be found in Indian Canyon, including Coastal Live Oak, Madrone, Buckeyes, Sycamore, Pine and Cottonwood, Deer, Red-tail hawks, Stellar Jays, Owls, Hummingbirds, Foxes and Coyotes, along with the occasional visiting Condors (during ceremony visiting from Pinnacles Park who are reintroducing Condors to the area). Located south of Hollister, this private remote Canyon may be visited by invitation. For more information, please call 831.637.4238 or via email at
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Current Goings On

Save the Date

---> July 13th, 2013 - Saturday - 1PM to 5PM

17th Annual Indian Canyon Storytelling

Featuring: Traditional Storytellers, Indigenous Dancers - Singers - Poets

Have you attened a storytelling before? --- Let us know your experience, Fill out this FORM

Entry by donation: suggested donation (adult $20, student $10, children under 12 FREE)
For more information —
or call — (831)637-4238

TwoSpirit Natives -Save the Date

--->May 25-26, 2013 - Saturday + Sunday

Indian Canyon Two Spirit Gathering

Calling all Aboriginal/Native American gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender people, their partners, friends, families - you are invited to gather in the land of the Coastanoan Ohlone People.This is a weekend gathering for Native American Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people, their partners, family and friends. We will share a potluck dinner and gather with friends - and potentially make this an annual event in Indian Canyon. The gathering will provide a safe, healthy, drug and alcohol free environment. We gather to encourage all people to heal the damage wrought by racism, sexism, ageism, colonialism, ableism, transphobia, and homophobia and the negative impacts these have on health. We gather to make new friends. family, and community connections.

Please bring a potluck dish. Bring any camping items and gear, i.e tent, mats, sleeping bags/blanktes, that you may need. We will provide drinking water, tea, coffee, charcol, and a campfire. We also have a few propane burners and fire rings for cooking. Camping is rustic, with outhouse facilities and running water but no electricity. Evenings can be cool and the days are warm (80's). Bring sunscreen, folding chairs, hats, and whatever else you may need to be comfortable. If you are not able to camp, there are affordable motels located in Hollister (a 20 minute drive from Indian Canyon).

There will be a talking circle on Saturday evening and a sunrise pipe ceremony on Sunday morning.

This is sacred land, so we ask that whatever you bring in- you take out ... We encourage our guests to leave our place better than it was when you came. As part of the closing ceremony there will be a modest giveaway. Please bring a small gift for the giveaway.

If you have any questions or need more information,
please call or text Holy Old Man Bull at (415) 408-8176;
all messages will be answered within 48 hours.
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Ohlone People -Save the Date

--->March 23-24, 2013 - Saturday + Sunday

Spring Equinox Ohlone Peoples Gathering

Potluck, Camp Out, A weekend of understanding and honoring each other


Native Plant restoration project with SFSU students
Flow the progress via Flickr

Indigenous Botanical Restoration

The goal of the Indigenous Plant Restoration Project is to provide students and members of the community with the opportunity to connect to the earth. We are removing an invasive species, Vinca major and replacing it with native plants that are culturally significant to the Native People of California. By creating a garden of native California plants that are used by Indigenous People , we can promote understanding and appreciation for Traditional Ecological Knowledge, was well as bringing people closer to their traditions with the earth.

Join the fun- make donations(plants + tools) - volunteer

Jessica Orozco — email—
Kanyon Sayers-Roods — email—
Ann-Marie Sayers — email —
Unveiling of the Healing Pole in Indian Canyon
See the rest of the images via Flickr

Unveling of the Healing Pole

Healing pole story will be presented here when we document it's history - Start to finish. From the Port of Chicago, to the John and Karen Larson Foundation, to the Cultural Conservancy, to Indian Canyon, from laying down, to installing it upright.
Soon, very soon ^_^
The Christensen Fund visiting Indian Canyon
Christensen Fund Website

International Visitors

The Christensen Fund supports the elevating awareness of the importance of biological and cultural diversity of indigenous people globally. We were very honored to host more than a dozen pope from all around the world, original people welcoming original people(Indigenous natives of Ohlone territory welcoming aboriginal visitors of other territories), the connection that is made, for us, is a reason for living.