The pre-colonial indigenous Coast Miwok and Ohlone peoples lived in abundance, as historical and archeological evidence shows that famine was rare. Between the abundance of acorn-producing oak trees, edible plants and game, and the teeming abundance of fish, shellfish, and waterfowl from the bay and coastal shoreline, there were accessible alternatives during years of drought or poor harvest.
Join naturalist Jerry Coe as he discusses the pre-Colonial settlements of indigenous peoples in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jerry will cover the history of the Coast Miwok and Ohlone people, how they survived within the landscape, and common cultural practices. He’ll also share how the thousands of Coast Miwok who lived in the North Bay when Spaniards arrived in 1769 were almost wiped out within a century. Many died of European diseases; others moved away. Miwok people still live in the Bay Area today, with the largest group at Graton Rancheria in Sonoma County.
Date: Thursday, March 18
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Zoom meeting (details emailed upon reservation)
Space is limited; reservations required.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 456-0766.
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Illustration credit: Two Ohlone men hunting, by, Louis Choris, 1816.