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Monday, June 11, 2018 was a historic day for the Indigenous Ohlone Tribes of the San Francisco Bay Area! Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Co-Founder of Kanyon Konsulting opened the event with a land acknowledgment welcoming the attendees to Ramaytush Ohlone territory. The event organizers were so inspired by Kanyon’s words that they have since updated their event landing page, to ensure their audience is informed about best practices to honor native land and become familiar with the Indigenous peoples who have always been stewards of the territory. 

The purpose of these statements is to show respect for indigenous peoples and recognize their enduring relationship to the land. Practicing acknowledgment can also raise awareness about histories that are often suppressed or forgotten.

There have always been indigenous peoples in the spaces we call home, and there always will be! The acknowledgment process is about asking, What does it mean to live in a post-colonial world? What did it take for us to get here? And how can we be accountable to our part in history?”

Through Kanyon Konsulting we want to inspire ongoing action and relationship. Acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationship and informed action.

We would like to sincerely thank Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA for their continued authentic relationship with the indigenous peoples of the Ohlone Territory

Emerging Arts Professionals – SFBA #HonorNativeLand

Learn more about the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone People

June 2019 Event –

EMERGENCE, the annual convening of the EAP network, provides a collaborative platform for Bay Area arts & culture workers to connect, share ideas, and elevate their work and voices.




Monday, June 10, 2019
10AM—5PM at SOMARTS Cultural Center, Yelamu aka San Francisco | Ramaytush Ohlone Territory

Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco Bay Area (EAP) is excited to announce our 9th annual convening, Emergence 2019: Peeling Back Professionalism. This year, we pull back the complex layers of professionalism—capitalism, equity, respect, commitment, control, creativity—and imagine a new and better version for all of us. The convening is co-presented by SOMArts on Monday, June 10, 10AM to 5PM

This year EAP asks the questions:

What makes a person professional/a professional?

How is the term “professional” used as a weapon in favor of xenophobia (“your kinky hair is not professional”) or exploitation (“it’s not professional to discuss your salary at work”)?

How can the term “professional” also be a demarcation of respect for your work and colleagues (“It’s not professional to blow off that grant deadline”) or note the depth of knowledge and commitment to your creative practice (“This isn’t a hobby; I’m a professional artist.”)?

What does professionalism look like during environmental collapse? Is professionalism minus white supremacy possible?

Join us for a day of intellectual, emotional, and embodied exploration of tools we can use, and models we can look to, for bringing art and work together at Emergence 2019: Peeling Back Professionalism — presented by Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area (EAP) and SOMArts.

EAP’s goal is for you to walk away with actionable next steps, tangible tools, and a strengthened network to support your work. Join colleagues for an inspiring day of critical introspection, collective strategizing, and creative action!

Light breakfast and refreshments will be provided. No-host lunch will be available on-site (Limited food vouchers will be available. Please inquire.)

EAP Members save $30 on registration (that’s a 46% discount off general admission!).

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Post Author: Kanyon Coyote

Activist, artist, educator – an Indigenous Generalized Specialist

I am Mutsun -Ohlone - California Native two spirit Woman. I am a creative artist ever inspired by nature and the natural world, Catalyst of decolonizing conversations. Contemp/Traditional Artist, Native Representative, Consultant, Advocate of Truth in History, Multimedia Artist, "Coyote", T.E.K educator, and much more - Let’s Talk

⫸CEO of Kanyon Konsulting
⫸Tribal Chairwoman of Indian Canyon Nation
⫸Founder of Indian Canyon Two-Spirit Society
⫸President and Co-Chair of Costanoan Indian Research
⫸Cultural Representative and Native Monitor for Indian Canyon Mutsun Band of Costanoan Ohlone People -

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