'LAND/TRUST' screening to feature filmmaker, discussion

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Esak Ordoñez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Member, at work in the Quiroste Valley Cultural Preserve, November 2021. Image courtesy of Ruth Anne Beutler.

Documenting the interrelationships of people, plans land and labor, the short film LAND/TRUST shows the efforts to restore the coastal prairie in the Quirsote Valley Cultural Preserve at Año Nuevo State Park near Santa Cruz. The California state park encompasses the former site of Mitenne, a village of the Awaswas-speaking Quiroste people, which is stewarded by the Amah Mutsun Tribal band in memory of the Quiroste ancestors. 

The Amah Mustun Tribal band is revitalizing the numerous native coastal prairie plant populations by re-establishing traditional land management practices. 

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, Department of Anthropology and Native American and Indigenous Studies Assistant Professor Gabe Sanchez will co-host a film screening event with NAIS and UO's Food Studies Program at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with Alexii Signona (UC Berkeley, Tribal Member, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band) and Ruth Anne Beutler (University of California, Santa Cruz).