Trekker walks up coast to ‘rebuild’ Ohlone village

By Ashley Mackin

Cory Drouillard spent what he calls a “crucial” day in La Jolla on Aug. 12, walking through the Village, handing out cards. The small notes, which were given along Girard Avenue, on buses and throughout the Village read: “I would like to invite you to Google ‘Indiegogo Ohlone Village’ and support this campaign.”

Cory Drouillard on his walk through La Jolla, distributing informational cards. he plans to walk from Imperial Beach to the Smith River to raise awareness for his cause. Ashley Mackin

Drouillard, 23, is walking from Imperial Beach to the Smith River — in sections he can safely and legally navigate, totaling 875 miles — distributing these cards in the hope of drawing attention to his cause: collecting enough money to purchase land once inhabited by the Ohlone people in Monterey, Calif., to build a contemporary village.

Drouillard said Spaniards took the land in the 1700s, when building the early California Missions.

“It didn’t only happen to Ohlone — it happened to all coastal indigenous people,” he said. “So I thought I’d walk from Imperial Beach to the Smith River because that covers all indigenous people.” La Jolla was a must because of the Kumeyaay tribe that originally lived here.

Impassioned about his cause, Drouillard is a descendant of George Drouillard, a member of the Shawnee tribe that assisted in the Lewis and Clark expedition. In an 1806 journal entry, Meriwether Lewis wrote: “Were it not for the exertions of this excellent hunter, the expedition would have never survived.”

Carrying on his fourth great-grandfather’s legacy, Drouillard said he felt compelled to help in the crowdfunding effort.

“Before the Spaniards came along, (the Ohlone) were a loving peaceful group of individuals, they didn’t mean any harm to anyone, so it’s a shame (how they were treated). But it happened, that’s history,” he said. “The most important thing we can do today, now that we’re knowledgeable, is to try to rewrite that history the way it should have been written.”

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5 Comments for “Trekker walks up coast to ‘rebuild’ Ohlone village”

  1. Sarah

    Very Impressive I must say.

  2. Amanda

    You can find this campaign at:
    I saw Cory walking through La Jolla by the Maserati dealership. Your really something else Cory, I have donated $10 dollars since I saw you.
    Truly incredible.

  3. Destiny

    You remind me of Brad Pitt when he was younger!

  4. John

    George Drouillard was one of the most important people on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Everyone knows about Sacagawea but the real historical fact is George Drouillard was the first to be recruited for the Expedition by Meriwether Lewis. Meriwether Lewis told The President Thomas Jefferson, “Had it not been for (DREWYER) the Expedition would have failed. George was also paid 5 times more for his services than anyone else on the journey.


  5. Katie

    What Cory has said is the truth, the land was taken away from all Indians along the coast. He’s like the Energizer Bunny he just keeps going and going and going. That’s a lot of walking Mr.

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