A Never-Before-Seen Map of Alameda’s Indigenous History

Can you imagine elk running down Park Street?

Cotton Tail Rabbits hopping among giant Live Oak trees on Grand?

Gathering blackberries at Chochenyo Park?
Oysters on Regent?
Making tule boats at Alameda Point?

This map combines historic elements to tell the story of Alameda before.

Developed for elementary and middle-school students to learn about local indigenous history: this map shows Alameda–before it became an island–with selected plants and animals that lived and thrived here.

These plants and animals include: Wildcats, Ducks, Blackberries, Deer, Flamingoes, and more!

This map includes the historic wetlands of the Bay Area; and the Oyster Reef zones in Alameda, two never-before-seen layers of local history (until now.)

This map is a tool that can help people imagine the ecosystems organizations like the Wild Oyster Project, and Save The Bay are working towards saving and restoring.

Imagination is one of the strongest tools in the decolonization toolbox.

One of the ways the Alameda Native History Project “Decolonizes History” is by developing, producing, and distributing accurate, relevant, and interesting educational materials for Classrooms, Community Centers, and Institutions.

The Alameda Native History Project offers updated, often novel, and never-before-seen images, maps, and infographs about the Indigenous History of this place we call the “San Francisco Bay Area”.

Our continued impact will be measured by the number of classrooms we connect with the maps and information educators want and need to fill the gaps in existing curriculum regarding local indigenous history.

This will result in students who can finally receive the answer to the basic questions about Native American History. Questions, which–until now–have simply been glossed over or ignored in mainstream, sanitized, Social Science, History, and Arts & Humanities curriculums.

The proceeds of this fundraiser will go towards putting one of these maps in every core/history class and school library in Alameda.

If you make a minimum donation of $25, and include your mailing address in the comment on this donation form (your comment is private), you will receive a Historic Alameda Ecology Map.

5% of the cost of printing will go back to local Alameda schools.*

You can have a direct impact on Decolonizing History, too!

By providing tangible support for our mission, you can be the reason why people know this is Ohlone Land; why that makes it our responsibility to be good stewards to the land; and how important it is for us to respect Indigenous knowledge and lived experiences, and advocate for the return of sacred places, tribal objects, and ancestral remains.

Alameda Native History Project is fiscally sponsored by The Hack Foundation (d.b.a. Hack Club), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN: 81-2908499).

*5% of total cost goes back to school via printer’s giveback program on a per transaction basis. We choose the Alameda school recipient.