A Story of Indigenous Resilience

Foundation Updates, Grants Program
by Kalliopeia Foundation

Here in Northern California, Kalliopeia resides in Coast Miwok territory. To honor the Indigenous peoples of this land, and in support of one woman who is bringing back the living history of her Tamalko (Coast Miwok) family, Emergence Magazine produced a three-part podcast series about her family’s eviction from their ancestral home in nearby Tamal-liwa (Tomales Bay). “Coming Home to the Cove: A Story of Family, Memory, and Stolen Land” chronicles Theresa Harlan’s story of her family’s displacement from their homestead on a cove overlooking the bay and shares her grassroots efforts to involve the wider community in protecting both the history and the future of this place. As she tells her family’s story—both in the podcast and in an accompanying op-ed—Theresa makes a powerful claim: remembering and retelling inclusive histories has the power to create a more just future.

Kalliopeia is partnering with the Alliance for Felix Cove—the organizational home for Theresa’s work—to support her efforts to re-Indigenize her Coast Miwok family’s ancestral homelands in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The Felix family is the last Tamalko family to have lived at Laird’s Landing—or Felix Cove, as the family refers to it. The Alliance envisions establishing a living history center and garden at the cove where visitors can learn about how the Felix family lived sustainably on Tomales Bay, and how others can also learn to live with nature by developing an awareness of Indigenous ecological knowledge and practices.

In our time of concurrent crises of disconnection—from a global pandemic to the climate crisis—efforts to learn from and support Indigenous peoples are critical. Honoring the Felix family is one way that we can engage in this effort and take a step toward creating more just and sustainable communities that are rooted in historic truth and embrace a shared future.