Yolo Sol Collective

Diana Almendariz painting of a river and land - Yolo Sol

re-storying the web of life in the Yolo bioregion

Our Story

YoloSol came together during the pandemic as an intergenerational summer camp.

We shared stories of local activism and learned about the native cultures of the Yolo bioregion, which is nested in the Wintun homeland.

Some of these stories are troubled.

So we decided to use our creativity to heal our relationships with the place we call home.

We invite you to join us in creating a restorative future.

View Land Acknowledgement

Please take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. Additionally, we understand that there are unrecognized native peoples (i.e., not politically affiliated to any tribe) who live in our cities and neighborhoods as well.

The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands.

We understand that land acknowledgements are just the beginning, and encourage community members to go beyond this symbolic gesture. Here are some ways to move your solidarity into action: https://nativegov.org/news/beyond-land-acknowledgment-guide/

View Land Acknowledgement

Please take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. Additionally, we understand that there are unrecognized native peoples (i.e., not politically affiliated to any tribe) who live in our cities and neighborhoods as well.

The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands.

We understand that land acknowledgements are just the beginning, and encourage community members to go beyond this symbolic gesture. Here are some ways to move your solidarity into action: https://nativegov.org/news/beyond-land-acknowledgment-guide/

Blog
Adnan Beteha

Putah Creek Futures

In this inaugural blog post, collective member Adnan Beteha spins a tale in the voice of Putah Creek, and gives voice to her desires and her stories – past, present, and future.

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Acorn Traditions Event Diana Almendariz YoloSol
Previous Event
David Abramson

Acorn Traditions: A Welcoming with Diana Almendariz

Acorn Traditions, the inaugural event of the new I-House World Tour series, was presented in collaboration with the YoloSol Collective. The event began with an interactive family workshop. Diana shared stories from her family’s experience of gathering, storing and preparing acorn flour as the Wintun people have done for thousands of years. Participants got a chance to use grinding stones to make acorn flour. Diana was assisted in her workshop by her daughter Christina Almendariz, and her grandson Alex Almendariz.

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Storytrail featuring a series of information boards at the Capay Open Space Park.
Previous Event
AnujVaidya

Senorita Mariposa Story Trail

On a cool but clear day out at the Capay Open Space regional park, YoloSol cultural practitioners Diana and Christina Almendariz shared Native Californian stories, games and ecological knowledge at the grand opening of Yolo County Library’s Senorita Mariposa’s (Ms. Butterfly’s) story trail. This bi-lingual, (Spanish and English) self-guided story trail is a fun way for families to explore the migration story of monarch butterflies.

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Artist Credits

Visions of a restored creek ecosystem, paintings on homepage by Diana Almendariz

Acorn and bluejay drawing by Diana Almendariz

Putah Creek screenprint by Adnan Beteha

Putah Creek print with acrylics on blog page by Adnan Beteha, on cattail paper made by Anuj Vaidya

Website design and development by David Abramson.