Olompali Heritage Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Olompali State Park, the site of the only land ever officially granted to a Native resident of northern Alta California.
The land grant was made in 1843 by Mexican Governor Manuel Micheltorena to Camilo Ynitia, headman of the Coast Miwok Indian village at the location. Three years later, it was the site of the Battle of Olompali, the first battle of the Bear Flag Revolt. In 1852, two years after California came under American rule, Ynitia sold most of the land to pay his taxes. The purchaser was Marin County tax assessor James Black, who gave the land to his daughter
Camilo Ynitia had built an adobe home on the property and in 1915, James Black’s descendants built a huge mansion around the adobe, fortunately preserving it. Today the mansion is gone and you can see the remains of Camilo Ynitia’s original adobe home.
Olompali Heritage Day includes Pomo Indian dancing, historical talks, including remembrances of the site by members of the Chosen Family Commune, plant walks, and demonstrations including basketry, flintknapping, adobe brick making and blacksmithing. Admission is $8. The park is located on Highway 101 in Marin County just north of Novato. You can get maps and directions at this California State Parks and Recreation page. The Novato Advance has a schedule of events and the Sonoma Valley Sun has a history of Olompali.
MAPOM will have a table at the event. Please stop by and say hi.