The Story of this Region of Our Land
Land is an interesting thing. Putting a value on it is also interesting. What is interesting is the relationship that different cultures have to land. The Kizh people had a different relationship with land. They saw a different value in their land. In their land they observed a symbiotic relationship. They gave to their land, they took from their land. The European idea of land was different. The Spanish had the land be owned by the government, but the people who had land grants were free to graze on it. The Mexican government began providing land grants that people owned forever. The U.S. homesteaded and had people purchase property. Then the individual owned it. Before the stock market and speculative investments, people farmed/grazed their land--the Kizh hunted-gathered, the missions grazed and farmed, the rancheros and vaqueros grazed and farmed, subsistence homesteads provided the personal means to graze and farm, then the "bedroom community." We learned from our walk through the history of SGV that housing policies matter for how a community is constructed. We know why Latinos are where they are, Asians are where they are, white people are where they are, and Black people are still trying to figure out where/if we belong.
This segment walks you through the history of the use and structure of ownership and governance of the land. The history of SGV is presented in four phases: