Ohlone Language Activist Responds to Canonization of Junipero Serra during Pope Francis’ Visit to the United States

In response to the canonization of Fr. Junipero Serra, “News from Native California” magazine’s Outreach Coordinator and Chochenyo language activist Vincent Medina (Muwekma Ohlone) offered the following statement: “After months of thought and soul-searching on a very complex and difficult issue, I have decided that I will be attending the papal Mass that will canonize […]

Common and Institutional Saints: a guest post by Ursula K. Le Guin

Reading about the imminent canonization of Junipero Serra I want to tear my hair and shout at the Catholic Church and its clever pope, “How can you call this religious conquistador, this cruel bigot, this terrible man, a saint?” Maybe I can calm down by considering what the word “saint” means. In daily life, in […]

Q&A with Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina has been keeping busy: since learning the language of his Muwekma Ohlone tribe primarily from field notes and wax cylinder recordings, he has been a leader of the movement to revive Chochenyo as a spoken language. As the assistant curator at Mission Dolores in San Francisco, he is working to change the narrative […]

Announcing the Berkeley Roundhouse

This month, we welcome Lindsie Bear to the Heyday family as the first director of the new Berkeley Roundhouse. What is a roundhouse, you ask? Here’s what Malcolm Margolin, Heyday publisher, has to say about it: “They give life to the community,” is how my friend, the Wintu artist, scholar, and ceremonial leader Frank LaPena, describes […]