“As the last of the Coast Miwok of Southern Marin, we would like to leave a legacy. It would be a great honor to have a statue that will represent the Coast Miwok people for generations to come.
My ancestors were here for thousands of years on this very land. We would like to honor them.
We need to Commemorate the Coast Miwok of Marin County. We are almost gone in numbers. With something like this, the memory and spirit can be sure to survive!”
Lucina Vidauri Executive Director The Coast Miwok Monument Project
WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR
One of the most traditional ways to keeping the legacy of important people alive throughout the ages has been through sculpture. However, the Coast Miwok have been underrepresented in this all-important art form.
The direct descendants of the last Native American Chief of the Marin County Area are endeavoring to keep the legacy of his tribe alive for future generations to come -- as the lines of distinction between tribes of indigenous peoples who were in these lands for thousands of years are blurred into generic tribal groupings.
We are excited to create a bronze monument statue that keeps their memory alive and honors their bond with the lands of Southern Marin for many generations to come. Their spirits will rise and they will be remembered!
The funds will be used to create a maquette (small model) statue of what a life-size monument will look like honoring the Coast Miwok of Southern Marin. This will be a highly detailed sculpture of a Miwok family that will be used not only to promote the monument project in media and in-person fundraisers, but will be used to create small bronze versions of the monument.
Funds received over and above the maquette target, will go towards the creation of the life-size bronze monument.
DONATIONS CAN ALSO BE SENT DIRECTLY VIA MAIL
We are also accepting donations directly through the mail if you like. These donations can be made via check to:
Will Pettee WJP Studios 565 Hartnell St. PO Box 4004 Monterey, CA 93942
WHEN WE NEED THE FUNDS
We need these funds immediately in order to pay for materials and expenses associated with creating a 16” – 18” maquette of the sculpture.
As this smaller version of the monument will be used in print media and in-person fundraisers, it is important that it is finished quickly. This will allow the preparation of project proposal and fundraising materials.
Once upon a time, in Marin County, there were a People, who were one with the land, who were called The Coast Miwoks, calling it home for thousands of years, generation after generation... but now there are very few known DNA carriers of the Southern Marin Coast Miwok – direct descendants of the last celebrated last Chief of the Marin County Area, Camillo Ynitia (aka Camilo Ynitia).
The Coast Miwok had three bands in Marin County: Bodega Bay Miwoks, Southern Marin Miwoks and Tamales Bay Miwoks. They each had different (and many same) customs and traditions.
To this day scattered here and there, there are still those who can claim to be a direct descendant of Camillo Ynitia. However, with Blood Lines thinning out, soon Camillo will simply be a historical cross-over figure -- the crossing of the local Native American People of Marin County, to Anglo American, European descent.
While there are statues of other things in Marin such as Sir Francis Drake, the Seal, the Elephants, among others… there are no statues to the Native Americans of Marin.
Living in harmony with the land and preserving our natural resources… These concepts have gained attention and action by environmental groups and the larger community as open spaces and resources dwindle.
However, there was a time for thousands of years where the locals lived in harmony with the land. In Marin County, it was the indigenous people of the Coast Miwok.
A monument to these people for all to see, would be an inspiration to future generations. There are lessons that they can still teach us all.
WHAT YOUR SUPPORT MEANS
Your support of this project shows your commitment to honor the rich history of our country and its peoples. It means we can help preserve the memory and legacy of the Coast Miwok for generations to come!
PERKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT - NEW CONTEST ADDED!!!
Contribute $100 or more to a sculpture to "Remember" the Coast Miwok and be entered into a drawing for a memorable day on a San Francisco Bay Cruise! 3 winners + 1 guest per winner!
ALSO -- For all who contribute to the creation of this maquette sculpture of the Coast Miwok Monument, the artist will cast a bronze or resin version of the sculpture for you at a highly discounted rate.
These reproductions will come with a brass plaque noting our thanks for your contribution to this project as well as a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Will is a classical figurative & portrait sculptor who works in clay & bronze to create both one of a kind and limited edition works. He has been sculpting by private commission for over 30 years and is an Associate Member of the National Sculpture Society.
Will endeavors to capture emotions in his sculptures that bring them to life for the viewer. He is a storyteller at heart and strives to tell a story in each of his works that celebrates life and the human spirit.
His sculptures can be seen in public and private collections throughout the United States as well as Europe and Japan.