As Native peoples, we, the Ramaytush Ohlone, understand the interconnectedness and interdependence of all things and the need to retain balance and harmony with all of nature. That knowledge frames our instruction and responsibility to care for Mother Earth using Mother Earth herself as our model. Thus, our ancestors taught us to care for Mother Earth in the same way that she has cared for us for millennia.
About the Artists
Jonathan Cordero, Ph.D. (Ramaytush Ohlone/Chumash) is Founder and Executive Director of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone and Affiliated Scholar in the Indigenous Law Center at UC Hastings. Dr. Cordero’s research revises previous scholarship on California Indian and Spanish relations during the Mission Period. He works as a consultant in both the public and private sectors, especially in the arts, and he serves as a leader, speaker, and activist in the broader Ohlone and Chumash communities.
ChiChai (she/her) is an artist, educator, and community-gatherer born and raised in Ocupied Ohlone Land, also known as the Bay Area. Whether teaching or creating, ChiChai’s work is intersectional in its roots to nature feminism, and the dismantling of colonial mindsets. Her practices include mixed media, murals, and fashion design.
About the Partner
Paint The Void supports artists for the public good and highlights art as essential, particularly during times of crisis. The organization uplifts artists and their voices by funding public art and creativity in everyday urban spaces – spaces that impact and enhance people’s daily lives. Paint the Void is a fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, born from an idea to help keep artists engaged and paid as guardians of hope and beauty in a time of fear and uncertainty.