The Bridge Walkers documentary was first developed as the centerpiece of a three-
screen art installation that was first presented at the de Young Museum in 2012, springing
from a commissioned project. Granted the first time use of the de Young Tower, the
audience was high above and able to see straight to the Pacific Ocean straight over tree
tops, and for a brief moment, consider the landscape of the Ohlone before contact.
The two other video screens on display played visual poetry with slight sound blending
with the short documentary.
Screen One travels Mexico’s sacred sites, exploring the remaining physical structures that
inform national and international visitors of the millenary cultures of Mexico, places
where education is passed down even today.
Screen Two travels San Francisco, places that were once Sacred Shellmounds used by the
Ramaytush and other Ohlone and California native people, also thousands of years old,
and what stands on the sites now. Shellmounds in San Francisco were destroyed almost
completely, giving rise to wonder what my family thought living in San Francisco in
1860 thought when the Shellmound where Ghirideli square now stands was destroyed. I
visit these sites, using similar body language as in the Mexico video to demonstrate
visually the absence of these sacred centers today in San Francisco and Bay Area.
By invitation for an exhibit, I began editing Bridge Walkers in 2019 to be shown as a
stand-alone, the version of which I have uploaded.
The main people interviewed in the film have consented to the making of the film, and I
keep them abreast of public showings, and because I remain involved otherwise in
I made a short film in 2008 ‘Witness the Healing’ in the process of trying to uncover my
own family connections to the Ohlone community and our own lineage. The full 20-year
process that spans from the East Coast to California and Mexico is currently being
explored in new photo, book and script form. While working and living in Mexico after a
Fulbright Fellowship, I made the following: short film ‘From the Same Family: An
Intimate Look at Globalization’, and full length documentary ‘Transition’ about the
first democratically-elected president in Mexico in more than 70 years.
I wanted to contribute back to the community that had embraced me and helped me
recover information about my family I never would have found in books, and many of the
same people we discovered, were related through marriages and we only recently
uncovered new information.
Sacred Site preservation is an important mission for the Ohlone community so I did my
best to make a film that would bring attention and awareness to the issue to promote
understanding and positive action to protect the ancestors and sacred sites.