what is mak-'amham?
mak-'amham (mahk-am-haam) means our food in the Chochenyo Ohlone language. Chochenyo is the Native language to the Eastern shores of San Francisco Bay, the area collectively known as "the East Bay."
We are a Native American, Ohlone-run organization that operates in our indigenous homelands; we work to revive and strengthen traditional Ohlone foods for the wellness of our people, and we run Cafe Ohlone at University Press Books/Musical Offering in xučyun (Berkeley). We work to keep our cuisine and culture strong to honor those before us who loved these powerful foods, and to have greater visibility for the Ohlone community that we are a part of.
All our food is indigenous to California, specifically to the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area. All of the primary ingredients mak-'amham utilizes are foods that would be recognizable and attainable in the traditional Ohlone world before contact with outside forces.
All of our foods stay true to the values of our Ohlone culture, and the true to the standards of Ohlone cuisine. We gather many of our foods in our homelands in a traditional way, and that which we cannot gather we find sustainable ways to bring these foods to the table.
To find more about our food values and vision, please visit mak-huššištak (our vision).
To learn more about our personal story and the reason we founded mak-'amham, please visit mak-nuunu (who we are).
Our food represents true California cuisine, as these are the very first flavors of California before other foods and cuisines were brought here. We are proud to honor where we come from and who we come from. We are certain that our delicious Ohlone foods will speak to the dignity and sophistication of the community we descend from.
'ammamak! Let's eat!