Yana-hea Speaks About People of the Land

Beginning with his mother an grandmother, Patrick Orozco has interviewed many Ohlone elders and recorded their stories and songs. Patrick started the non-profit Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Council, which was formed to protect Ohlone sacred sites. In 1976, Patrick began his work as a teacher when he was invited to a Watsonville school to teach the children about California native history, sing songs, share stories, and demonstrate his traditional regalia, abalone necklaces, clapper sticks, rattles, and body paint. Patrick formed the “Amah-Ka-Tura” (People of the Land) dance group, a symbol of the successful efforts of Patrick Orozco and the Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Council’s ongoing commitment in preserving traditional Ohlone culture.

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