Santa Cruz

Native Americans of Santa Cruz

Indians of the language family which anthropologists call Costanoan occupied the area from Monterey up to San Francisco. Costanoan is derived from the Spanish word meaning "coast people." Another general term used to designate speakers of the Coastanoan language is Ohlone. Coastanoans and Miwoks are sub-groups of the Utian Family. The Coastanoan people spoke eight languages, each of which defines a different tribelet.

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