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7.1) The Aboriginal Inhabitants of Sacramento.




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This article is from the Sacramento FAQ, by David F. Prenatt, Jr. with numerous contributions by others.

7.1) The Aboriginal Inhabitants of Sacramento.

As long ago as 40,000 years, the aboriginal inhabitants of California
(known collectively as the "California Indians") first arrived in
Sacramento. The most recent aboriginal inhabitants of Sacramento were
primarily the Patwin ("the people" in their native language). Like
most aboriginal Californians, the Patwin relied heavily upon oak tree
acorns as their primary food supply, which they supplemented with
fish. The Patwin employed a basic monetary system that was recognized
by their neighboring culture groups and helped prevent most conflicts
over territories and resources. This monetary system also formed the
basis for an extensive trade network that stretched throughout
California, notwithstanding the dearth of long distance travel and
communication between different culture groups in aboriginal
California. For more information about California's earliest
inhabitants, visit the State Indian Museum at 26th and K St (916)324-
0971.

 

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