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San Francisco once belonged to the Yelamu.

It's Thanksgiving, and in addition to finding gratitude for all that we have, we also wanted to give a nod to the natives and history of our home. Before the summer of love and the gold rush, what is now the Bay Area was Ohlone (also referred to as Costanoan) land. Take a step into their culture.


What the Bay's Cities Were Once Called

"Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas," Rebecca Solnit. Cartography by Ben Pease/Business Insider

This 1769 map shows what the Bay Area used to look like. Some of the Ohlone tribelets are:

  • Yelamu - San Francisco
  • Kalindaruk (Calendaruc) - Monterey County
  • Uypi - Santa Cruz
  • Lamchin - San Carlos
  • Shalson (Written as Ssalson by the Spanish) - San Mateo

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