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The authenticated Coast Miwok villages are:[13]



by Randall Milliken

Technical Paper presented to: National Park Service

Golden Gate NRA Cultural Resources and Museum Management Division Building 101

Fort Mason San Francisco, California

Prepared by: Archaeological/Historical Consultants

609 Aileen Street Oakland, California 94609

June 2009

Few Artifacts of the Coast Miwoks Have Survived!

Olompali and Nicasio 


After Mission San Rafael closed during the 1834-1836 period, the Mexican government deeded most of the land to Californios, but allowed the Indians ex-neophytes to own land at two locations within traditional Coast Miwok territory: Olompali and Nicasio.

The Coast Miwok leader Camilo Ynitia, secured a land grant of 2 sq. leagues known as Rancho Olompali, from Governor Micheltorena of Alta California in 1843, which included the prehistoric Miwok village of Olompali (his home village) and is north of present-day Novato.[24]

The village of Olompali dates back thousands of years, had been a main center in around 1200, and might have been the largest native village in Marin County.[25] Ynitia held onto the Rancho Olompoli land title for 9 years, but in 1852 he sold most of the land to James Black of Marin.[25] He retained 1,480 acres (6.0 km2) called Apalacocha. His daughter eventually sold Apalacocha.

The other Indian-owned rancho was at Rancho Nicasio northwest of San Rafael. Near the time of secularization (1835), the Church granted the San Rafael Christian Indians 20 leagues (80,000 acres, 320 km²) of mission lands from present-day Nicasio to the Tomales Bay. About 500 Indians relocated to Rancho Nicasio. By 1850 they had but one league of land left. This radical reduction of land was a result of illegal confiscation of land by non-Indians under protest by Indian residents. In 1870, José Calistro, the last community leader at Nicasio, purchased the small surrounding parcel. Calistro died in 1875, and in 1876 the land was transferred by his will to his four children. In 1880 there were 36 Indian people at Nicasio. The population was persuaded to leave in the 1880s when Marin County curtailed funds to all Indians (except those at Marshall) who were not living at the Poor Farm, a place for "indigent" peoples.[26]

By the early 20th century, a few Miwok families pursued fishing for their livelihoods; one family continued commercial fishing into the 1970s, while another family maintained an oyster harvesting business. When this activity was neither in season nor profitable, Indian people of this area sought agricultural employment, which required an itinerant lifestyle. The preferred locality for such work was within Marin and Sonoma counties.

TODAY'S LESSON:  The photo on the left was a model for the sketch on the right (by Karyn Klinger) 


ASSIGNMENT:  Who are they?

TODAY'S LESSON:  An Artist Rendition of Camillo Ynitia                                                October 21, 2020


ASSIGNMENT:  Who is he?  (we know it says Camillo Ynitia, but Who is he?)

A Miwok Village in Marin County.                                                                                  October 22, 2020

AN INFORMATIVE WRITING ON THE MIWOKS!                                                                     November 1, 2020

TODAY'S LESSON:  Southern Most Coast Miwok Tribal Village Names                    November 12, 2020


ASSIGNMENT:  See what you can find on each name!

Huimen, Gualen, Aguasto, Olema, Tamal, Omiomi, Alaguali, Segloque, Olompali, Petaluma, Chocuyen, Licatiut, and Yoletamal. 
~~based on maps of Randall Milliken

TODAY'S LESSON: Maxima Ynitia Willard                                                                November 17, 2020


ASSIGNMENT:   Write a 500-word page story about Maxima!

Native American Heritage Month, the annual celebration of the history, culture, and traditions of Native American communities begins today. Today, we remember powerful Native American women who have shaped our history.


Maxima Antonia Ynita, circa 1865

Camilo married four times. He married his first wife Elena 22 October 1822; she died in April 1830. He next married Candida on 22 May 1831; she died 13 March 1835. He then married Cayetana on 13 July 1835. By Cayetana he had a son, Juan Pablo, and two daughters, Maxina Antonia and Maria Antonia. Juan Pablo was born in 1839; he died in a boating accident on 28 May 1851 along with the father of the man who would marry Maria Antonia. Maxima Antonia (known as Mary Maxima later in life) was born 18 November 1841, and was baptized on 5 December 1841. Maria Antonia was born in August 1845, and was baptized on 31 October 1845. Her godfather was William A. Richardson, the namesake of Richardson Bay. Cayetana died 21 November 1850, and Camilo married his fourth wife, Susanna Maria on 5 January 1852.[2] Camilo also adopted another girl, who married John Pingston, a "free man of color". They had a son, Juan Jose Pingston. Camilo conveyed approximately 20 acres (81,000 m2) in the extreme southwest corner of Apalacocha to John on 14 February 1853.

Camilo's daughter Maxima Antonia was married first to Henry Holden Bennett, an American, on 12 June 1854, likely with Camilo's encouragement. Then after Bennett's death in 1856, Maxima married Henry Harper Willard. Henry and Maxima had 13 children. After Henry's death in 1888, Maxima married Armstrong McCabe on 31 July 1891. Maria Antonia married Joseph Knox and had two children. After Camilo's death, Maxima and Maria purchased a part of Rancho Sanel in the Sanel Valley of Mendocino County, and moved there with their husbands and helped found the town of Sanel, later named Hopland. On 26 November 1860, "Being in want of money for a Maintenance," Maxima and Maria sold Apalacocha, to John Knight, their Mendocino attorney, for $3,693. With that transaction, the last of aboriginal Olompali passed into American ownership.[citation needed]

Pictured below are Maxima and Maria Ynitia. Taken around 1868ish. Last Full Coast Miwok. Very powerful women. It's the voice in their liniage that remains strong today!



TODAY'S LESSON: Sweat Lodge                                                                                November 19, 2020


ASSIGNMENT:   What were sweat lodges used for?

A great Historical Gift!                                                                                                 November 30, 2020

TODAY'S LESSON:  Our Lineage                                                                                December 1, 2020


TODAY'S LESSON:  Our Lineage    - Maria Ynitia                                                        December 3, 2020


TODAY'S LESSON:  Our Lineage    - Architecture                                                    January 4, 2021


What language did the Miwok tribe speak?
The Miwok tribe spoke in seven different dialects of the Penutian language and were comprised of three groups. The Coast Miwok, the Lake Miwok and the Sierra Miwok.

  • The Coast Miwok lived along the Pacific Coast (north of San Francisco from present-day Sausalito to Duncan's Point)

  • The Lake Miwok who lived east and south of Clear Lake along the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers

  • The Sierra Miwok, who the largest group, lived to the western slope on the foothills and along the rivers of the Sierra Nevada

TODAY'S LESSON:  Our Lineage    - The Language                                          January 6, 2021

ASSIGNMENT:  Find out how to say hello in Coast Miwok Language!


TODAY'S LESSON:  Our Lineage    -  The California History                     January 17, 2021

ASSIGNMENT:  Watch the following video


TODAY'S LESSON:   WE ARE BACK TO THE LESSONS HERE                                   AUGUST 4, 2022


ASSIGNMENT:   Let us know if you want these lessons to continue!

We would like to start providing information again on the Coast Miwok of the Southern Marin Band Miwoks and surrounding areas!  We appreciate you!  

Give us a shout if you do read these and are benefiting!  We'd love to hear from you!   Find our info on the last tab under contact for the email.

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TODAY'S LESSON:                                                                                             August 10, 2022

Sometimes we are featured or mentioned in magazines 

ASSIGNMENT:  Find out where we are mentioned in this recent article!

Star Wars Insider,  Issue 212, August 2022, Ewoks Stewards of the Forest Moon



TODAY'S LESSON:  Some tribes of California                                                 Augst 15, 2022

ASSIGNMENT:  Find the tribes that are NOT listed!

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Looks like Angel Island was not so much lived on by the Coast Miwoks but a hunting and fishing place! There is so much that was never written as far as the history of Angel island. But would make sense for it to be a hunting and fishing island!

TODAY'S LESSON:  Angel Island and the Coast Miwok                                        August 21, 2022


ASSIGNMENT:   Have there ever been Coast Miwoks artifacts found on Angel Island?

eyya manay kanni … “Don’t forget me!”

kaópyati nii … “I am going now.”

kamaccaw … “I’m speaking.”

’unmaccaw … “You’re speaking.”

oppun towih … “Are you well?”

katowih … “I am well.”

’uu … “yes”

hama … “no”

hayuusa … “dog”

’ellée … “fish”

wuki … “fire”

’umpa … “acorn”

’oolok … “ocean”

TODAY'S LESSON:  Miwok Language                                                     August 26, 2022


ASSIGNMENT:   Learn 10 more words of the Miwok language

TODAY'S LESSON:  Ranches of Marin                                                                August 29, 2022


ASSIGNMENT:   Can you find the Coast Miwok on here?

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33  TODAY'S LESSON:  Joseph Knox Check book                                                August 30, 2022


ASSIGNMENT:   Who is Joseph Knox?  What year was the check book made?  How much are things?

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