We descend from the California prehistoric people known as “T’epot’aha’l”. For at least the last 10,000 years we have lived in the Central part of California from the Pacific Ocean East to the Temblor Mountains.
Through self-reliance and self- preservation, we have been able to survive and even thrive, through hundreds of years of changes that impacted our culture. Living in the lands of our ancestors we have all we need to survive in these modern times. We continue to hunt, fish and gather traditional materials. We continue to speak our traditional language, which is part of the Hokan Language group, believed to be the oldest in California.
Through our traditional Songs, dances and ceremonies we continue to honor our ancestors.
Today we are known as the Salinan People. This name was given to us by the California Spanish Missionaries who built Missions San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Miguel Arcangel and San Antonio de Padua. They divided us up into three dialects they called the Playano (of the beach people), the mountain and valley areas were divided between the northern Antoniano and southern Migueleno. Little did they know that we were one large extended family.
We are on the California Native American Heritage Commission’s Most Likely Descend list for the Salinan People. With this honor we are able to repatriate our ancestors, who’s resting placing continue to be unearthed by erosion and development.
Through our Educational non-profit we have been able to educate the people of the Central Coast and the world about our connection to this land and the importance of protecting and preserving this special place for generations to come.