Nestled in the heart of Marin County, California, Muir Woods stands as a testament to the ages.
Known for its towering redwoods, it's a site of natural grandeur. But the woods hold more than just a spectacular show of nature.
They echo the history and spirit of the Native American tribes who once called this place home.
A Land Before Time Before the echo of tourists filled its valley, Muir Woods was a land of tranquil solitude, teeming with wildlife and lush vegetation.
The coastal redwoods, standing like ancient sentinels, witnessed a history that predates the European exploration of North America.
The first known inhabitants of this place were the Coast Miwok, a Native American tribe whose roots in this region extend into the far reaches of prehistory.
Archaeological evidence suggests that the Coast Miwok lived in this region for thousands of years, perhaps as early as 6,000 B.C., leading a life in harmony with nature.
The tribe was divided into localized village communities, each with its chieftain. The exact number of these communities has varied throughout history.