“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near San Jose (New Almaden) in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

A Sacred Site

A Sacred Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 14, 2018
1. A Sacred Site Marker
Caption: (bottom right) Anna's hummingbird Year-round resident
Inscription.  Mount Umunhum holds great spiritual value of local tribal bands such as the Amah Mutsen and Muwekma. This mountain is where visions are sought and communion with the spiritual world is made. It is also where relationships with ancestors and future descendants are the strongest, where Hummingbirds serve to remind those who see the mountain of the old teachings. It also serves as a place of ceremony and prayer events today. The Amah Mutsun hold ceremonies here because it is close tho their Creator, because of its resonance to the spiritual self, and because it is where the children of their ancestors continue to reach out for balance and harmony.

The Amah Mutsun consider the number four to be sacred and they pray to the four compass directions for balance. There are four seasons and four directions and good decisions are made when four elements align: heart, mind, body, and soul. The sun comes from the east and presents a new day, and new opportunity, a new birth, hope and optimism, and future generations. When the sun sets in the west it reminded them of their ancestors who have passed. -- Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Chair
A Sacred Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 14, 2018
2. A Sacred Site Marker

The Ohlone invite all people to this destination for healing and prayer - to pray for past generations and future descendants, for healing and for renewal of the environment.
Erected by Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNative Americans.
Location. 37° 9.634′ N, 121° 53.926′ W. Marker is near San Jose (New Almaden), California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Mount Umunhum Road near Mount Umunhum-Loma Prieta Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early People of Mount Umunhum (within shouting distance of this marker); Scanning the Skies (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Community (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Miners and Settlers (approx. ¼ mile away); Wood Road & Jacques Ridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mine Hill (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Rossi Retort (approx. 3.2 miles away); SpanishTown (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose (New Almaden).
More about this marker. This marker is located near the summit of Mount Umunhum, close to the Ceremonial Circle.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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