News from Native California is a quarterly magazine published by Heyday and devoted to the vibrant cultures, art, languages, histories, social justice movements, and stories of California’s diverse Indian peoples.




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    “San Zombie de los Muertos Vivientes” by Deborah Miranda

    September 22, 2014Deborah Miranda (Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation) shares a video poem of intensity, and deep beauty as she discusses experiences of the California Missions. On her blog she writes “In the summer of 2014 I traveled to eight of the twenty-one California missions established by Franciscan priests from Spain during what is now called the Mission Era,...
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    Native Language Challenge

    August 25, 2014In recent days there have been quite a few social media challenges. A few months back there was a Native Water Challenge, which encouraged Native California to return to their water sources. Bay Natives jumped in the Bays, Ocean folks into the sea, and river people went into their rivers. The challenge was intensified for many...
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    Who Speaks Wukchumni?

    August 22, 2014Throughout the United States, many Native American languages are struggling to survive. According to Unesco, more than 130 of these languages are currently at risk, with 74 languages considered “critically endangered.” These languages preserve priceless cultural heritage, and some hold unexpected value — nuances in these languages convey unparalleled knowledge of the natural world. Many...
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    In Our Languages — Kelina Lobo

    July 30, 2014Kelina Lobo has been teaching her Acjachemem language off and on for many years since getting her degree in linguists and is working on an online learning site. She has written several rock and pop songs in Acjachemem that she’s looking to produce with a band. When she talks about what she loves sharing...
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    In Our Languages — Cody Pata

    July 29, 2014Following Coca Cola’s Super Bowl advertisement with “America the Beautiful” sung in a multitude of languages, a social media backlash spread very quickly under the hashtag “#SpeakAmerican.” Cody Pata translated and sung “America the Beautiful” in his Nomlaki language. His video, both poignant and beautiful, raises the question of what languages are truly indigenous to North...
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