Organized by the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers and Dance Mission Theater, 'Sacred Waters' took place on the 18th Street/Mission Creek Corridor in San Francisco, also known as the American Indian Cultural District.
[Photos by Abraham Fuentes]
It wasn’t always called the Mission Dolores. Before the Spanish invasion in 1769, the area we know today as San Francisco was home to the Yelamu people of the Ramaytush Ohlone. Creeks and lagoons dotted the landscape back then. But with the Mission System came forced religious conversions, and with that came genocide of the original people’s of this land. As settlements grew, those waterways were desecrated and buried beneath the concrete we see all around us today. But on Oct. 1, we were reminded of what was here before. “Sii agua sí,” a Latinx and Indigenous festival organized by the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers and Dance Mission Theater, took place on the 18th Street/Mission Creek Corridor, also known as the American Indian Cultural District. The prayers, songs, speeches, waterway processions and dances that took place were all to honor those lost waterways, and memorialize the 5,700 Indigenous ancestors buried in the Mission Dolores cemetery.