In Memory of Anita Silva (Kashaya Pomo), a Master Teacher in our Master Apprentice Program.
From Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
SILVA, Anita After a five year battle with cancer, Anita A. Silva (Thompson) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family and friends on December 5, 2015. She is survived by her seven children; Glenn, Jeff, Craig, Lynn (Sis), Conrad, Sheldon, Trevor, and their spouses. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren (and one more on the way) and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Herb Silva and her parents Isabel Johnson and Tommy Thompson. Anita was born a member of the Kashaya Pomo tribe on October 27, 1930. She was very spiritually connected to her Pomo culture; she kept her heritage alive by teaching her language and practicing many traditional ways up until her death and instilling them in her children and grandchildren to be carried forward. Her contributions to the local Native American community are immeasurable. She was a founding member of the Sonoma County Indian Health Project (SCIHP), was instrumental in the purchase of the current SCIHP building and involved with the board for over 25 years. She was also a member of the California Rural Indian Health Board Traditional Health Committee for over 30 years. Anita enjoyed gardening, sewing/quilting, going to the casino and most of all family gatherings. She was a dedicated mother, grandma and auntie who was truly loved.