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What kind of transportation did the Pomo Indians have?

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The Pomo people of Northern California travelled on land by foot and used handmade woven rafts or boats to travel on calm waters. The use of rafts or boats varied by location throughout this region of California, from Cleone to Duncan's Point and inland to Clear Lake.

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Coastal Pomo people would make rafts by weaving driftwood together and binding the pieces with plant fibers. These were used for offshore hunting of seals, sea lions and mussels just off the Northern California coast. The Clear Lake Pomo people wove boats from bundles of tulle reeds and bound them together with the vines from split grape plants. These boats were used to travel to islands in the lake where other Pomo people also lived.

The Pomo people were seven distinct linguistic groups of natives who did not think of themselves as a single group and did not always speak the same dialects. The original seven groups were the Southwestern (or Kashaya), Southern Pomo, Central Pomo, Northeastern (or Salt) Pomo, Clear Lake Pomo and Lower Lake Pomo. Each group lived in a defined location. It was not until American settlers came to the area that the groups were categorized as a single group of people.

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