The Costanoans’ chief sources of food were the sea and streams, which provided mussels, salmon, sea mammals, and seaweed. Rabbits, acorns, and seeds were additional foods. Housing consisted of poles covered with tule (reeds) and brush.
They traditionally lived in more than 50 independently organized villages and did not view themselves as a distinct group. However, due to their similar languages, the often interacted freely with one another. They survived by hunting, fishing, and gathering acorns and seeds.
They lived by hunting, fishing, and gathering, in the typical ethnographic California pattern. The members of these various bands interacted freely with one another. The Ohlone people practiced the Kuksu religion. Between the years 1769 and 1834, the number of Indigenous Californians dropped from 300,000 to 250,000.
The Ohlone boys and men wore no clothes in the summer and used capes or robes in the winter. They also wore shell necklaces, earrings, and nose rings. Their hair was braided or tied on the top of their head with a buckskin thong. The girls and women wore aprons with a different design on the front and back.
The Ohlone are the predominant Indigenous group of the Bay Area, including the Chochenyo and the Karkin in East Bay, the Ramaytush in San Francisco, the Yokuts in South Bay and Central Valley, and the Muwekma tribe throughout the region.
The present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is comprised of all of the known surviving American Indian lineages aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay region who trace their ancestry through the Missions Dolores, Santa Clara, and San Jose; and who were also members of the historic Federally Recognized Verona Band of Alameda
However, according to Chairwoman Charlene Nijmeh (Muwekma Ohlone ), even with documentation, approximately 800 enrolled members and the fact that their tribe was never officially terminated, they are not recognized by the federal government. The tribe’s undetermined status is challenging.
Tribes included the Karok, Maidu, Cahuilleno, Mojave, Yokuts, Pomo, Paiute, and Modoc. On the other hand, the mountains that divided the groups made extensive warfare impractical, and the California tribes and clans enjoyed a comparatively peaceful life.
Today, there are over five million Native Americans in the United States, 78% of whom live outside reservations: California, Arizona and Oklahoma have the largest populations of Native Americans in the United States. Most Native Americans live in small-town or rural areas.
Ohlone College is pronounced “oh loh nee kol ij” (audio below):
Ohlone comprises eight attested varieties: Awaswas, Chalon, Chochenyo (also known as Chocheño), Karkin, Mutsun, Ramaytush, Rumsen, and Tamyen. Overall, divergence among these languages seems to have been roughly equivalent to that among the languages of the Romance sub-family of Indo-European languages.
One may also ask, what did the Ohlone tribe trade? They traded animal hides, baskets, bows and arrows, mortars and pestles for other things they needed like Ohlone mussels, abalone shells, salt, cinnabar, dried abalone, and olivella shells, and Yokut pine nuts and rabbitskin blankets.
The plants I chose included: White Sage Page 11 7 (Salvia apiana), Soap root (Chlorogalum pomeridianum), Yerba Buena (Satureja douglasii), California Wild Rose (Rosa californica), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), and Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana).