Rematriate the Land: giclee 12 x 12 print of watercolor illustration of restored and rematriated creek



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  • Handmade
  • Materials: Watercolor, Adobe Illustrator, Glicee printing

  • Height: 12 inches
  • Width: 12 inches

Giclee 12"x12" print on Epson Signature Worthy® Hot Press of imagined rematriated waterway on Ohlone Land (Oakland, CA).

TLDR: 100% of proceeds will go towards supporting the work of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust : an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people. Through the practices of rematriation, cultural revitalization, and land restoration, Sogorea Te’ calls on native and non-native peoples to heal and transform the legacies of colonization, genocide, and patriarchy and to do the work our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.


Through collaboration with Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, community members, land workers and artists, this painting was created to visualize a decolonized and rematriated landscape in deep East Oakland.

Based on the concrete lined stormwater channel and tributary of San Leandro Creek that
runs adjacent to the first piece of land returned to Indigenous stewardship in the territory, this vision imagines a restoration of relationships informed by Indigenous led land return work, social justice dreams, research, oral histories, geography and geomorphology.

A return of life to this channel across stolen land -- paved, and barren of all vegetation and aquatic life after years of city contracts with Monsanto to spray the banks with pesticide-- calls for restoration of more than riparian ecosystems. Distinct from many river restoration practices that may focus on native plantings or large wood installment, rematriation requires a societal change in behavior and relationship, in addition to changes to the physical conditions.

As practiced and taught by Sogorea Te’, rematriation requires the re-establishment of Indigenous sovereignty: returning stewardship, governance and leadership to the Ohlone People. Sogorea Te’ Land Trust-- led by Lisjan Ohlone women and supported by accomplices across the diaspora of displaced Indigenous people-- works collaboratively to facilitate the return and restoration of reciprocal relationship with the sacred land we are living on (known as Huichuin).

True restoration of water and land calls for the collective liberation of all beings through a health and reciprocity based alternative to extractive capitalism, abolition of the tools and structures of systemic white supremacy, and an end to US global imperialism.

What could healing this land and its waters look like if we recognized that we, human beings and our unhealed wounds of colonization, enslavement and genocide, are fundamentally a part of the land. Heal us, heal the land; heal the land, heal us.

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6 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

davidagross Aug 20, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

A beautiful addition to our home and also for my university office! I really like the explanation sheet, so I hung that beneath it in my office. A phenomenal call to action in locations where we need to shift toward land return, and a tribute to the location that raised me. Thank you, thank you.

Dierdre Cook Aug 11, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

So beautiful in person! I love this painting and the infographic included. It was the perfect gift to a movement organizer who is passionate about land back + community spaces <3

applesel Aug 15, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely beautiful, and a great deal: get beautiful print + support rematriating the land.

T MC Jul 15, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

This is a beautiful, high quality print. It was safely and quickly shipped.