Rumsen Ohlone Bear Ceremony
Ceremony is keeping tradition alive, keeping the community together, and helping each other out. Ceremony is usually composed of Talking Circles, Sweats, and Healing/Bear Ceremonies. It also brings the Tribal members in direct connection with our mother earth and is a time for healing of the land, people and all of our relations. Ceremony usually takes place in the summer month of July in a 10 day event where Ohlone come from all over to fast, support their families, and meet new relatives. On average, 70 people attend ceremony, which has been continuing annually for 23 years.
4 years were spent at Pacheco Pass
8 years were spent at Indian Canyon, Hollister
4 years were spent at Crissy Field, San Francisco
4 years were spent at Coyote Hills, San Francisco
1 year was spent at Moss Landing, Monterey
2 years were spent at Presido Trust/Candlestick Park
The last 2 years have been at the Presidio Trust, San Francisco. Ceremony always takes place on ancestral land, so as to connect with the ancestors and the land, and to show the public that the Ohlone are still there.