The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Sayantaca Tribe. Today, there are no known living descendants of the seven Awaswas-speaking tribes of the greater Santa Cruz area. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of Indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore many of their traditional cultural practices, including land stewardship. The Amah Mutsun are working to develop effective relationships that will allow them to heal from the historic trauma that resulted from the tragic history of these lands. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and Land Trust invite other Indigenous peoples and allies to join them.
More information about how to support the work of the tribe can be found at: amahmutsunlandtrust.org
More information about the tribal history can be found at: amahmutsun.org