The Coast Miwok are an indigenous people that was the second largest group of Miwok people. The Coast Miwok inhabited the general area of modern Marin County and southern Sonoma County in Northern California, from the Golden Gate north to Duncans Point and eastward to Sonoma Creek.
Northern branches of the group, known as the Plains Miwok and the Bay Miwok, lived along the Sacramento River and its delta. The Miwok considered themselves to belong to tribelets, or small groups of villages, of 100 to 500 people. Each tribelet was led by a headman, who inherited the position from his father.
Sierra Miwok language group (Callaghan 1971).* language, were not in any sense a single people, but There appears to have been internal dialect differentia- rather a number of separate and politically independent tion within at least three of the five Eastern Miwok nations that happened to share a common language and languages.
The Miwok ( meaning ‘people’ or ‘person’) are aboriginal members of four Native American tribal groups associated philologically. They originally belonged to the region that we come across as Northern California at present. Tribe History. The origin of the Miwok Native American Tribe is rather ambiguous.
The Miwok The people who settled in this area many centuries ago are now referred to as the Northern Sierra Miwok. They established their villages alongside the rivers and streams of the Sierra Nevada from the Cosumnes River on the north to the Calaveras River on the south.
The Miwok (also spelled Miwuk, Mi-Wuk, or Me-Wuk) are members of four linguistically related Native American groups indigenous to what is now Northern California, who traditionally spoke one of the Miwok languages in the Utian family. The word Miwok means people in the Miwok language.
Desert Region. Cahuilla Indians. Cahuilla Food. Cahuilla Roles. Mojave Indians. Mojave Villages. ... Miwok Indians Food ... Miwok men usually hunted animals and fished. Miwok women gathered acorns, beans, grains and berries. Miwok men used clubs, spears, bows and arrows and animal skins.
Where Did the Miwok Indian Tribe Live? The Miwok Indian tribe lived in northern and central California centuries ago. Some of their villages were located along the Cosumnes River and Calaveras River in the Sierra Nevada while other villages were located near Mount Diablo and Yosemite National Park.
Ceremonies & Beliefs The Bay Miwok were very grateful people who held special ceremonies to pray and offer thanks to their spirits. They believed that everything in this world had a spiritual power—plants, animals, rocks, trees, mountains.....everything!
The four groups discussed comprise the Plains Miwok of the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta region, and the Northern, Central, and Southern Miwok of the foothills and mountains of the Sierra Nevada, between El Dorado county in the north and Madera county in the south. These latter three are collectively designated as Sierra Miwok in this paper.