Past Events

21st Annual Storytelling and Indigenous Gathering

JULY 08, 2017
1pm to 5pm
in Indian Canyon, Hollister, CA

Check out our Event page -STORYTELLING EVENT PAGE-

Or check it out via FACEBOOK EVENT
~~~~Storytellers, Singers, Dancers, Artists~~~~

Have you attened our storytelling before?
— Let us know your experience, Fill out this FORM
Would you like to help?
Volunteer? Donate? Offer Raffle Items? Help us provide healthy food to our audience?
PLEASE let us know – the more help – the better

~~Family Event~~
Entry by donation : Adults 20 – Students 10 – Under 10 FREE
Come to Ohlone Trust Land and learn more/live/enjoy the day
—————–Good to know—————
Bring sunscreen & hats for the day, blankets or jackets for the night. Welcome to bring your own food if need be Food prepared at the event (BBQ chicken, Green Salad, Fruit Salad). Soft drink bar available. Tea and coffee will be provided for free. This is an alcohol and drug free event. Seating provided, however, we do encourage you to bring your own folding chair.

~Modest attire please, thank you~

***If you’re not able to attend the event, we would appreciate your donation. If you would like to preregister, please make check or money order payable to: Costanoan Indian Research, Inc. Mail to: Indian Canyon Ranch P.O. Box 28 Hollister Ca 95024-0028.
All Donation are tax deductible (501-C3ID#680287736).

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Sacred Prayer Run

The Bay Area Indigenous community, in San Benito County, is hosting an open to the public day of events to bring awareness about the enslavement and torture the Mission system was. Indian Canyon is near Hollister and Mission San Juan Bautista and it’s where they hid from the Missionaries. They were never found and therefore survived. It’s sacred ground. This is an incredible opportunity to stand in Solidarity with those whose families have lived here for thousands of years. Bridge the gap to our neighbors history and help heal the trauma from colonization. Together we grow a stronger tomorrow. Mark your calendars! – Right before the Annual Storytelling –


We will have a PRAYER RUN to Indian Canyon.
(Just like many of our ancestors did in the 1800s, Indigenous peoples who did not like the constraints and brutal acts against original peoples in the Missions) run away from the mission to the safe haven that is known as Indian Canyon.
Let everyone know this. July 8th 2017. From mission san juan bautista to Indian Canyon.

Gather together at Mission Square.
Stretch and Prayer circle.

Run/Walk for parts of the way – From SJB to IC
rally style
Carry Indian Canyon’s Prayer run staff.

Volunteer to help runners, vehicles to protect runners, bring water, fresh fruit, postive prayers.

Storytelling Starts at 1PM afterwards.


Native Plant restoration project with SFSU students
Flow the progress via Flickr

Indigenous Botanical Restoration

The goal of the Indigenous Plant Restoration Project is to provide students and members of the community with the opportunity to connect to the earth. We are removing an invasive species, Vinca major and replacing it with native plants that are culturally significant to the Native People of California. By creating a garden of native California plants that are used by Indigenous People , we can promote understanding and appreciation for Traditional Ecological Knowledge, was well as bringing people closer to their traditions with the earth.

Join the fun- make donations(plants + tools) – volunteer

Kanyon Sayers-Roods — email—
Ann-Marie Sayers — email —

Storytelling Events Past

See the rest of the images via Flickr

Past Storytelling Events

Over 16 years has past since the first choice to organize a gathering in Indian Canyon. Since then we have seen so many faces, bonded with so many beings, and hosted wonderful guests. Thank you all. We always appreciate your feedback to make the next year ever better. We love those who love to help. We graciously appreciate what help we get, with out you, we would not be what we are today. We are ever honoring our ancestors, so that of which we say and do honors them – Honor the Past to Shape the Future.
Plese, if you are interested in helping, volunteering, sharing … contact us ASAP

There are many other events that take place in Indian Canyon throughout the year and other years.

  • Annual Bear Ceremonies
  • Hosting Global Indigenous People (Welcomings)
  • Bi-Annual Fieldtrip by SFSU – March and October (open for the public, inquire with Kanyon or Ann-Marie)
  • and many more




Indian Canyon Two Spirit Gathering

 TwoSpirit Natives – Save the Date

—>May 23-24, 2015 – MEMORIAL WEEKEND – Saturday + Sunday

Calling all Aboriginal/Native American gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender people, their partners, friends, families – you are invited to gather in the land of the Coastanoan Ohlone People.This is a weekend gathering for Native American Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people, their partners, family and friends. We will share a potluck dinner and gather with friends – and potentially make this an annual event in Indian Canyon. The gathering will provide a safe, healthy, drug and alcohol free environment. We gather to encourage all people to heal the damage wrought by racism, sexism, ageism, colonialism, ableism, transphobia, and homophobia and the negative impacts these have on health. We gather to make new friends. family, and community connections.

Please bring a potluck dish. Bring any camping items and gear, i.e tent, mats, sleeping bags/blanktes, that you may need. We will provide drinking water, tea, coffee, charcol, and a campfire. We also have a few propane burners and fire rings for cooking. Camping is rustic, with outhouse facilities and running water but no electricity. Evenings can be cool and the days are warm (80’s). Bring sunscreen, folding chairs, hats, and whatever else you may need to be comfortable. If you are not able to camp, there are affordable motels located in Hollister (a 20 minute drive from Indian Canyon).

There will be a potluck on Friday and Saturday nights. We will provide breakfast on Saturday morning, lunch on Saturday afternoon, and a light continental breakfast on Sunday. We are asking for a small donation per person to defray gathering costs – no one turned away for lack of funds.

This is sacred land, so we ask that whatever you bring in- you take out … We encourage our guests to leave our place better than it was when you came. As part of the closing ceremony on Sunday, there will be a modest giveaway. Please bring something to share for the giveaway.

If you have any questions or need more information,
please call or text Kanyon at (408) 673-0626;
all messages will be answered within 48 hours.
Or email:

Naraya – Dance for all Peoples

The purpose of the present-day Dance is to honor and renew our relationship with the earth, the ancestors, and all beings through creating a common ground for all. Inspired by ancient Great Basin Plateau tribal traditions and originating in their ancestral Round Dance, with a return to the ancient songs, prayers, and offerings, the Dance For All People today incorporates singing and dancing in a circle around a central living tree, intention, and service. Few of us can claim this as our tradition, yet we come as welcomed guests, approaching with humility and respect for the ceremony and the elders.

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Woman of the 14th Moon

Your presence will be an honor for the 28th Woman of the 14th Moon Ceremony.
We will begin on Friday August 1st at 4:00 pm and end with a feast on Saturday August 2nd. Additional information will be sent the first week in April, if you RSVP via Event Link.

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