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December 15, 2008 The Independent, San Francisco, California
Moonalice, Leon Russell poster by Chris Shaw
According to Moonalice legend, back when this area was known as Yerba Buena, the tribe was led by a brilliant matriarch named Cassandra Moonalice. Cassandra could predict the future. She predicted the 1906 earthquake. She predicted the Crashes of 1929 and Pearl Harbor. She knew that there would be no rapture at the millennium; instead she predicted a village idiot from Texas would be elected president. Cassandra recorded her predictions on hemp paper and put them in the tribal library.
So why didn’t we know about Cassandra’s predictions? They went up in smoke. In classic Moonalice tradition, Cassandra’s descendants used the records as rolling papers.
According to Moonalice legend, a journey of a thousand miles begins with the careful preparation of adequate supplies of hemp.