Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino: mak-huššištak / Our Vision
A presentation by Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone), cofounders of mak-'amham (“our food”) and Cafe Ohlone, a pop-up restaurant at University Press Books in Berkeley devoted to the traditional foods of Bay Area Native peoples. They write:
“We are a Native American, Ohlone-run organization that operates in our indigenous homelands; we work to revive and strengthen traditional Ohlone foods for the wellness of our people. We work to keep our cuisine and culture strong to honor those before us who loved these powerful foods, and to have greater visibility for the Ohlone community that we are a part of.
“All our food is indigenous to California, specifically to the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area. All of the primary ingredients mak-'amham utilizes are foods that would be recognizable and attainable in the traditional Ohlone world before contact with outside forces. Our food represents true California cuisine, as these are the very first flavors of California before other foods and cuisines were brought here.”
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