The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. 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 traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.
Pronunciations of the tribes are:
- Amah (Aaa-Ma)
- Mutsun (Moot-sun)
- Uypi (You-P)
- Awaswas (Aaa-Was-Was)
Best Practices in delivering a Land Acknowledgement:
- Land Acknowledgements can and should only come from the community(ies) of people whose land it is. It should not be altered in any manner, as this would be an act of deep disrespect.
- The reading of a land acknowledgement is a practice of allyship.
- If you are unsure and haven’t had time to practice how to say the names of the tribes being recognized, then DO NOT read it. Take the time that is needed to practice the names.
- An alternative to reading it aloud is to put the land acknowledgement on a slide and present it for the audience to read it to themselves silently
- Ask or wait for the audience to be present. This means no phones or laptops or books should be open during the reading of the land acknowledgement. This means waiting for silence in the space.
- When reading the land acknowledgement, slow your pace down. This is not something to be rushed through.
- This is not a ritual, it is simply a time to acknowledge the land that we are standing on. This is not a time to burn sage, ring chimes or engage in mindfulness. Nor is this a time to share personal perspectives or feelings about the ways in which colonization has shaped historical and present day Indigenous experiences. This is not a time for the reader to rant about their frustration with the status quo as it pertains to Indigenous communities.
The reading of a land acknowledgement should never be mandated. This is something that people must choose to do for themselves, for the right reasons.
Helpful resources to offer to the audience after reading the land acknowledgement: