~ No Stone Unturned Genealogy ~
Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

The Making of Rain Cloud

The Indian History of

Lorraine "Rain Cloud" Escobar

Inam Mec Tanotc

To me, genealogy means taking a journey in time. My journey began with the task of proving that the members of the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation were indeed Indians. I was deep in mission records research and experienced a deeper connection with my relatives than I had ever sensed before. As I read of each birth and marriage, I rejoiced. As I read of each death, elder and infant, I mourned. The following morning I had a dream that convinced me my life would never be the same.

Valley in the Sky


I dreamed that I was in the ancestral village in the sky. All of the ancestors whom I knew that had died were very much alive. The village was buzzing with activity; the children were playing, the women were gathering and preparing food while engaging in the usual conversation; the men were bringing in fish from the ocean.

Then a group of elders all looked at me with faces as large as

~ No Stone Unturned Genealogy ~
Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

life. It was clear that they knew me and I knew them. My purpose was clear - I would be the means to connect others as I had connected.

1 and half circles

The journey that you're about to take with me is like two circles, the first being

complete; the second is yet taking form. The first circle begins with two sets of families. It ends with their descendants, reuniting in my grandparents, 140 years after the circle begins. The second circle begins with them and continues yet another journey - to where and with whom, I do not yet know. But, I do know I am in it and am not alone.

1st half of circle
My Grandmother's Story

In 1736, an Indian woman became mother to a son, Mitchisan. Nestled in a fertile valley, their home villages of Tucutnut, and Socorronda, provided everything the family needed. (Tucutnut is known to be near Quail Lodge, in Carmel Valley, California.) As Mitchisan reached maturity, in 1768, he took on a wife, Tippin and raised two children. Around 1750, another Indian woman gave birth to a son. He was named Lopostchoschu. Their home was the village of Echilat (which is now known as Rancho San Carlos development in

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