The Richmond Museum of History has received a $17,500 grant from California Humanities to fund the Speak Ohlone Exhibit Interactive project, part of the first renovation to the Native American permanent exhibit in over 30 years, according to museum officials.
The project will design and implement an interactive audio program about the language and culture of the Huichin Ohlone, the first East Bay inhabitants. The interactive audio station will teach a series of phrases in the Chocenyo dialect. The lesson will be led by a member of the Ohlone community.
“By working closely with the modern Ohlone community, the project seeks to raise awareness about the Chochenyo Ohlone dialect as well as the inspiring work of the Ohlone people to revitalize elements their culture hidden due to historical injustices,” a museum statement said.