Oakland Natives Welcome Auckland Natives To Their Homeland

It was a packed house earlier this week at the Intertribal Friendship House when Maori group, Te Whaka Huia made their way from Auckland, New Zealand to Oakland, Bay Area and were greeted with a ceremonial welcoming from the Ohlone Bay Area Natives.

Corrina Gould, of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone ancestry organized the ceremonial welcoming with other indigeous leaders to welcome the Maori group to her homeland.

It was a packed house at the Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland, one of the first urban American Indian community centers in the nation.

Young Native dancer doing a traditional "crow dance"

Young native artists showing love for the night.  

Traditional Maori greeting "the hongi"


Women of Te Whaka Huia doing a Poi Ball dance


Traditional "Piu Piu", Maori mens skirts


Honoring Corrina Gould for her work as an indigenous leader in the Bay Area.

Pacific Islander leaders among the packed house watching from the side.

Samoan community leaders and Te Waka Huia

Ending a beautiful night with indigenous song and dance connecting natives across the Pacific Ocean.


About Jean Melesaine

Jean Melesaine is a queer Samoan community activist, documentary photographer and editor with Silicon Valley De-Bug. 

This article is part of the category: Community 
This article is part of the tags: Corrina Gould  / Intertribal Friendship House  / Maori  / Ohlone Natives  / Photography  / Te Whaka Huia 


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