‘oṭṭoy: A Healing Collaboration of Café Ohlone and the Hearst Museum

Lauren Kroiz
History of Art
UC Berkeley

This project helps develop public programming and engagement to activate the installation ‘oṭṭoy, overseen by Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum on the UC Berkeley campus (June 2022–June 2023). Through their internationally recognized Café Ohlone and their community organization mak-‘amham, Medina, who is captain of the ‘Itmay Cultural Association—an association of Verona Band of Ohlone culture bearers—and Trevino, a leader in the Rumsen Ohlone community, have introduced countless people around the world to local culture, food, and the vibrancy of life in the East Bay by building Ohlone-centered spaces.

University of California, Berkeley sits on the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people. ‘oṭṭoy means to repair or to mend in Chochenyo, the original language of the East Bay. As part of the museum’s acknowledgement of our institutional role in historical harm to Ohlone communities, this project centers Medina’s and Trevino’s educational, artistic, and community building work through an innovative public engagement program centered on cultural resilience and reparation.

Medina and Trevino describe ‘oṭṭoy as a “love song” to Ohlone culture, centering beauty in the face of erasure. These programs will take place at the Hearst Museum and on virtual platforms.