Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00 AM
Program Starts: 10:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Amah Mutsun Tribe invites public to conference at UC Santa Cruz to reconsider the legacy of Spanish explorer Portolá
Nothing to celebrate: Reconsidering the legacy of Portolá
Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
In 1769, Spanish soldier and explorer Gaspar de Portolá became the first known European to conduct an overland expedition into what would become California. On October 16 of that year, Portolá passed through Santa Cruz.
While events around the Bay Area will be held in October and November to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the first European sighting of the San Francisco Bay, many indigenous people in California consider this an occasion to mourn and reflect, not to celebrate.
The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and American Indian Resource Center of UC Santa Cruz invite the public to this conference to reflect on the destructive legacies of European colonization, to consider how these legacies continue to this day, and to dig deeper into the stories of early California. Together, we will consider what it can look like to confront difficult truths and to begin to heal.