This Thanksgiving, or Indiginous Day as they called it on a west marin radio station, I drove to the park in Pt. Reyes where they have re constructed Miwok dwellings. I keep returning to this place and each time, I am overwhelmed.

” My people have lived on the coast for at least 8,000 years. To live in spiritual and physical balance in the same small area for thousands of years without feeling the need to go somewhere else requires restraint, respect, knowledge and assurance of ones’s place in the world.” -Kathleen Smith, Bodega Miwok, 1993