WOMAN MAKES PLEA
By TED ELISSE
An Indian woman of the Shumash tribe, who identified herself as
“Chequeesh” briefly interrupted the Serra Bicentennial
Mass Aug 28.
woman, during the time between Communion and the closing prayer,
took center stage on the platform of the altar to deliver a passionate
plea for her people.
statement to the crowd was quiet and calm. She just asked that on
occasion that honor such people as Junipero Serra that the contributions
of Indians be remembered, too. She reminded the crowd that the remains
of her people were buried at the California missions and the lives
of her people contributed greatly to the building of the missions.
left the platform as gracefully as she arrived. Before she departed,
she left a feather symbolizing her people and their contributions
on a depiction of the Serra Commemorative Stamp, which was displayed
to the left of the altar.
told The Observer that she and her people were peaceful, spiritual
people. She said that she objected to the practice of taking Indians
into the enclosures of the mission walls against their will.
tears in her eyes she said, “It must be acknowledged that
thousands of my people died as a result of the missions.”
Aug 29 (?) year (?)