Indigenous-Led Research Project Creates Restoration of Historical Landmarks (Shellmounds) in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Alameda Native History Project project presents a map of the three Alameda Shellmounds, as seen by N.C. Nelson in 1907, restored and presented in the present-day landscape.

For the first time ever, the Shellmounds of Alameda are being visualized, and presented as a physical, tangible land feature.

The purpose of this map is to:

  1. Acknowledge that Alameda was a place were local Ohlone communities came to bury their loved ones;
  2. Illustrate the large size and scale of shellmounds, in general;
  3. Visualize a theoretical landscape where the Alameda Shellmounds were preserved;
  4. Fill the gaps made by Alameda Museum’s lack of accurate or meaningful information about the First Alamedans: Ohlone People.

These restored historical land features, and this 3D map represent a milestone in the Alameda Native History Project’s research.

But this is just a small piece of a larger story developing at the Alameda Native History Project. There’s more.

Stay tuned.