The Ohlone, also known as the Costanoan people, are an indigenous tribe from the Central Coast region of California. They have a long history of residing in the area, with evidence of their presence dating back over 10,000 years.
The Ohlone traditionally lived in small, autonomous communities, with a strong emphasis on family and kinship. They were skilled hunters and gatherers and developed a complex system of trade and exchange.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Ohlone’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, as well as through the rapid expansion of the non-native settlements in the region.
Despite these challenges, the Ohlone have continued to maintain their cultural traditions and identity. Today, there is a small but active community of Ohlone 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.
It’s worth noting that the Ohlone people occupied a large region and their traditional territory extended from modern-day San Francisco to Big Sur, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Diablo Range.
They spoke several languages and dialects, and the Ohlone people were divided into several different tribes, each with its own distinct culture and traditions.