Mark Hylkema: Native American Lifeways of the Half Moon Bay Area

Mark Hylkema
Mark Hylkema


Native American Lifeways of the Half Moon Bay Area and San Francisco Peninsula

Speaker Mark Hylkema

Doors open at 5:30 for refreshments. Program begins at 6:00. Everyone welcome—no charge—bring a friend!

At the time of first European contact, the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas were home to fifty tribes, each with its own territories and dialects. Today we refer to these tribes collectively as the Ohlone people. Their ancestral past spans many thousands of years, and reaches back to the Ice Age.

This presentation will review ancestral Ohlone lifeways and their historic persistence through the early Spanish colonial period, to today.

About our Speaker

Mark Hylkema is the Santa Cruz District Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison for California State Parks where he manages cultural resources within the District’s 32 park units. With 38 years professional experience in California archaeology, he is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) and has worked on archaeological projects throughout the state. His primary research emphasis and publications are focused on ancestral Native American cultures of the San Francisco Bay area, and early Spanish Colonial Period history.

Mark is also an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, and has taught anthropology, archaeology, and Native American Studies courses at Santa Clara University, University of California at Santa Cruz, De Anza College, Ohlone College and Cabrillo College. Mark was President of the Society for California Archaeology during the 2015/2016 term and has contributed a great deal to the regional archaeological literature.


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