In Memoriam

Anita Silva





In Memory of Anita Silva (Kashaya Pomo), a Master Teacher in our Master Apprentice Program. After a five year battle with cancer, Anita A. Silva (Thompson) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family and friends on December 5, 2015. 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.

Molly Morrillo

Molly Morillo, loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother changed worlds on July, 1, 2014. Molly was born and raised in Hanford, California and later settled in San Jose in 1956. She was deeply loved by her late husband Paul of 56 years, her children Susan, Deborah, Carol, Judith, Paul Jr., grandchildren, Amador, Molly, Josephine, Nicole, Felicia, Danielle, Deja, Quinn, Tate and great-granddaughter Amelie. Molly, a precious gentle woman, dearly loved her family, friends and community. With an open heart, she welcomed all who came into her home. Molly will always be remembered for her loving nature and great compassion for all living things.

Junie Donahue

Junie Donahue, Karuk Master speaker recently passed away January 12, 2008. Our thoughts are with his apprentice and his family. Tanu pikyar.

Georgiana Trull

Georgiana Trull passed away on Oct. 16, 2008 at the age of 92. She was born in Sregon Village, on the Yurok Reservation to Melissa and Charlie Myers. Georgiana went to school at Pecwan, Morek, Hoopa, and Riverside Boarding School. She was a welder in San Diego, a fish filleter at Lazio’s in Eureka, and for the last 40 years was a teacher of the Yurok language for the Yurok Tribe.

Farrell Cunningham

Farrell Cunningham was called the youngest fluent speaker of the Maidu language. Farrell Cunningham, a Maidu Indian traditionalist who taught Maidu language classes in several Northern California communities, died Sunday at his home in Susanville. He was 37.  A poet and painter who spoke seven languages, Mr. Cunningham’s thirst for his native culture launched a lifelong quest that began when he was 13.

Eunice Bommelyn

Eunice Xash-wee-tes-na Henry Bommelyn Sunday, February 6, 1927 – Monday, April 23, 2012 Eunice, a respected elder of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ was born on Sunday, February 6, 1927, at the village of Nii~-lii~-chvn-dvn on the Smith River and passed away with her loving family in song and prayer at her side in Crescent City, California, on Monday, April 23, 2012.

Ed Bowman

In memory of Mono master speaker, Ed Bowman, who passed away on December 6th, 2007, our gratitude for sharing so much. Ed will be missed by all, but especially his apprentice Don Jack.

Aaawok Aileen Figueroa

April 11, 2008 – Aaawok Aileen Figueroa – a long time resident of Westhaven and descendent of the village of Saa-athl, along the Klamath River, passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 95 from complications of pneumonia.  Her family was by her side.