The Kashaya, also known as the Pomo people, are an indigenous tribe from the Pacific coast of California. They have a long history of residing in the region, with evidence of their presence dating back over 10,000 years.
The Kashaya traditionally lived in small communities, with a strong emphasis on family and kinship. They were skilled hunters and gatherers, as well as skilled basket weavers.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Kashaya’s population was greatly reduced as a result of European contact, particularly through the spread of diseases to which they had no immunity.
In the following decades, they were also displaced from their traditional lands through the forced relocation policies of the United States government.
Despite these challenges, the Kashaya have continued to maintain their cultural traditions and identity. Today, there is a small but active community of Kashaya people living in the area.
They are working to preserve their culture and language through various efforts such as language revitalization programs, cultural events, and educational initiatives.