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Our original 2020–2021 season, which focused on themes of reconciliation and forgiveness, sought to highlight the work of Indigenous artists who shed light on issues central to Indigenous communities. We’re excited to present a lecture that offers a distinct look at the local Indigenous history of the Bay Area and a framework for understanding the issues impacting Indigenous artists and people today.

In this lecture, Senior Lecturer in Native American Studies at Stanford University Michael Wilcox (Yuman/Quechan descent) shares his experience working with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe as their Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. By breaking down the mythologies that seek to erase Indigenous people, Wilcox draws connections between the contemporary and the past to reframe conversations around Bay Area Indigenous history and to reveal the ways colonization continues to affect Indigenous communities and their narratives.


Michael Wilcox (Yuman/Quechan descent) is a Senior Lecturer in Native American Studies (Associate Professor Teaching - Anthropology 2001-2017) at Stanford University. His research areas include Indigenous archaeology, terminal narratives in archaeology, and colonial social violence and its legacy in New Mexico. He works with Native Hawaiian communities in the restoration of Ahupua'a, food sovereignty, and Ai'na Based education. He serves as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area and is working on a monograph about Muwekma Ohlone history.

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