The Native People of the Sonoma Coast

Apr 22, 2015

This drawing depicts a typical Coast Miwok camp as it might have been set up near the Sonoma Coast.
  The Sonoma County coast has been populated for at least 8000 years, and life for the native people there didn’t change much over most of that time.
Beads carved from clamshells became a widely circulated form of currency among Native American tribes along the Pacific coast and a considerable ways inland.

  Local archeologist  Tom Origer will lead a workshop on the Archeology and History of the Sonoma Coast on Saturday, April 25, 9-2  at the Bodega Bay Fire Station, sponsored by the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.

The earliest archeological studies of the native villages in coastal northern California were conducted in the mid-20th century, and involved only a fraction of the known sites. Further studies now are done mainly when a site is going to be developed or otherwise disturbed, so most of the other known locations have been left alone. Which Tom Origer says is a good thing.