Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving

Please Save The Date Sunday, November 20th, 2016 for the 9th Annual Thangs Taken!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the 8th Annual Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving, a day of art and culture celebrating Indigenous resistance. We had an incredible line up of artists and activists and raised over $500 for the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. Last year we also added Thangs Taken for Kids and Families featuring stories, songs and fun activities for elementary school-aged children. With special guests Corrina Gould, Hartman Deetz and Kanyon Sayers-Roods, we made Corn Husk Dolls, learned a traditional Wampanoag Duck dance, heard Ohlone Hummingbird stories and more. With more than 45 kids and their families, it was a great start to a new tradition.

Thangs Taken (2015)

Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving is an annual cultural arts event that brings artists, activists and communities together to explore the complex history of Thanksgiving and to acknowledge the legacy of U.S. colonialism and genocide against Native Americans. Produced by the Free Land Project and curated and hosted by Ariel Luckey, Thangs Taken features live music, dance, film, spoken word poetry, hip hop theater and visual art installations from Native and non-Native artists. Grounded in grassroots activism, Thangs Taken also features leaders from local social and environmental justice organizations to provide information on current campaigns and concrete ways to take action in the community. With the arts at the center, people from diverse backgrounds gather to engage in critical dialogue and to stand in the power of our collective ability to create a world based in peace and justice that we can truly be thankful for.

Each year Thangs Taken raises hundreds of dollars for a specific community organization or campaign. Past events have benefited the Ohlone Shellmound Walk, the Longest Walk 2, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, the Indigenous Delegation to Palestine and the Hintil Ku Caa Preschool in Oakland. Celebrating our common humanity and the legacy of resistance to colonization, we create a circle of prayers, poems, pictures, songs, stories and movement.

Artists and Activists

Thangs Taken has featured an incredible circle of artists and speakers including:


  • Corrina Gould (Chocheyno/Ohlone)
  • Wicahpiluta Candelaria (Ohlone/Apache)
  • Ann Marie Sayers (Indian Canyon/Ohlone)
  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Costanoan Ohlone/Chumash)
  • Hartman Deetz (Wampanoag)
  • Wounded Knee De Ocampo (Miwok)
  • Ras K’Dee (Pomo)
  • Caleen Sisk (Winnemem Wintu)
  • Morning Star Gali (Achumawi Pitt River)
  • Lakota Harden (Minnecoujou/Yankton Lakota & HoChunk)
  • Clyde Bellecourt (White Earth Ojibwe)
  • Bear Fox (Mohawk)
  • The 1491s
  • Jimbo Simmons (Choctaw)
  • Madonna Thunder Hawk (Two Kettle Lakota)
  • All Nations Drummers
  • DJ Free Leonard
  • GoodShield Aguilar (Lakota/Yaqui)
  • Nanette Bradley Deetz (Dakota/Cherokee)
  • Mignon Geli (Waray-Waray)
  • Odilia Rodriguez (Chicano-Lipan Apache)
  • Indigenize (Dine-Navajo)
  • Nataanii Means (Lakota/Navajo)
  • Witko (Oglala Lakota)
  • Almas Fronterizas
  • Rico Pabon
  • DJ Sake One
  • Wavy Gravy
  • Audiopharmacy
  • Octavio de la Paz
  • Iamani I.Ameni
  • One Struggle
  • Raw-G
  • Sparlha Swa
  • headRush
  • Oceania Coalition of Northern California
  • Raphael Cohen
  • Evan Hastings
  • Malcolm Margolin (author, The Ohlone Way)
  • Aurora Levins-Morales (author, Remedios)
  • Alicia Raquel
  • Lubna Morrar
  • DJ eFunk
  • Three Bells
  • Director Christopher McLeod, and his film In the Light of Reverence
  • Director Andrés Cediel, and his film Shellmound
  • Director Michelle Grace Steinberg, and her film Beyond Recognition