San José

Native Americans of San Jose

The language family which anthropologists call the Costanoan occupied the region from Monterey up to the Bay area. Costanoan is derived from the Spanish word meaning "coast people." Another general term that is used to designate speakers of the Coastanoan language is Ohlone. This is the most common term used for the San Jose and San Francisco de Asis Indians. [inline:snjose-05-Ohlone-indians-dancing.jpg=OHLONE CEREMONIAL DANCE AT MISSION SAN JOSE]

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