Bay Area indigenous leaders featured in Mt. Diablo film premiering online Jan. 5

Bay Area Indigenous leaders featured in Mt. Diablo film premiering online Jan. 5

Bay Area indigenous leaders featured in Mt. Diablo film premiering online Jan. 5
Photo by Pamela Michael.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA (Dec. 27, 2021) — The Mount Diablo Interpretive Association and Save Mount Diablo are starting off the new year with the premiere of the newest film in their series of multi-media presentations on the natural and cultural history of the mountain and its environs.

Native to Right Here: The Plants, Animals, and People of Tuushtak will be offered as a free, Zoom webinar on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 7pm PST. The 25-minute multimedia presentation is produced and narrated by Joan Hamilton, a local writer/producer whose Audio Guides to the Outdoors and many interpretive presentations about California’s wild and parklands have delighted and informed California nature lovers and history buffs for years.

The film features two Bay Area Indigenous cultural leaders, Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino, founders of Berkeley’s Café Ohlone, one of the first Native American restaurants in the country, who will lead viewers on a walk in the hills below their most sacred peak, Tuushtak, also known as Mount Diablo. Vincent, a Chochenyo Ohlone, and Louis, a Rumsen Ohlone, are part of the Bay Area Indigenous community, many of whom come from families who have lived here for thousands of years. In the film, they point out specific plants and animals and discuss Ohlone history, culture, and cuisine. They will answer questions from participants after the viewing.

Register to watch

To register in advance for the webinar, visit

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about logging onto the Zoom.

The Mount Diablo Interpretive Association supports interpretive activities at Mount Diablo State Park. The association helps park staff with interpreting the park to more than one million visitors each year.

Save Mount Diablo works to preserve Mount Diablo’s peaks, surrounding foothills, watersheds, and connection to the Diablo Range through land acquisition and preservation strategies designed to protect the mountain’s natural beauty, biological diversity, and historical and agricultural heritage.

Visit Save Mount Diablo on their website,

Pamela Michael
Pamela Michael

Pamela Michael is a writer and communications specialist who has lived in Curry Canyon for twenty years.