Ohlone Indians of Santa Cruz

Last week I took my two grandsons (ages 5 & 7) to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, which they loved. On the wall was this lovely painting depicting what life was like for California Indians before the Europeans arrived. If you are ever in Santa Cruz I highly recommend visiting this unique little museum, which is at 1305 East Cliff Dr.

“Ohlone people were hunters and gatherers who followed this seasonal cycles of the natural world around them — the salmon runs, the maturing of acorns, the ripening of berries and bulbs, the migrations of waterfowl. The abundance of food in this region created a relatively stable society. Some village sites were occupied continuously for thousands of years.”

One Response to Ohlone Indians of Santa Cruz

  1. Maui Surfer says:

    For the later period, after Spanish established missions, during US trading by sailing ships, read Two Years Before the Mast by Henry Dana.
    Under the Spanish, Santa Cruz area became a huge open cattle ranch, and Americans set up camp to clean and tan hides which were sailed around the Horn to Boston/NY. The description of the Hawaiians at the camps are among the best ever exposition of the differences between Yankees and Hawaiians.

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