Mission Dolores – San Francisco

Mission Dolores – San Francisco




245th Anniversary

The oldest still-standing building in San Francisco

The first “home away from home” for thousands of Bay Area Native American Indians.


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Andrew Galvan, an important Indian from Hayward, is a Pastoral Director, and the Old Mission Curator.


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The building was built entirely with Native labor, (2 padres in charge). Its painted ceiling reflects a popular basketry design.
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The Sainthood of Junipero Serra, largely promoted by Andrew Galvan, is a thorn in the side of many Native Americans, anthropologists, and archaeologists. On this tour he referred to Serra as an early hippie who loved the Indians, but functioned in a different cultural environment. Excellent points, made articulately.
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A drawing of a dance in 1816, 10 years after the last tribes had been removed from their ancestral homelands.
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The little Museum features some excellent baskets and craft work.
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Interesting to see a mortar and pestle used exclusively to grind pigments.
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The best looking reconstructed dwelling we’ve seen, tucked into the Mission cemetery.
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