San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
For more than 1,500 years the native people of Mission Bay lived here and spoke a language called Rammaytush.
Of Rammytush (Rah-my-toosh), only 104 words have been discovered – with certainty. These translated words are embedded for you to consider as you walk along King Street, remembering when it bordered a bluff overlooking Mission Bay.
A linguistic scholar, archaeologist Richard Levy has collected these words and studied them in their historical context: his research gives an authentic voice to the vanished people of Mission Bay.
Mini-plaques of the Rammaytush language
red|chitkote • yes|hee’e • what|hintro • good|horshe • dead|hurwishte • nose|huus • hill|huyyah • daughter|kaanaymin • sky|karax • four|katwash • seven|keneetish • speak|kiisha • foot|koloo • white|laskainin • snake|liishuinsha • ye|makkam • coyote|mayyan • heart|miini • five|mishahur • fly|mumura • this|nee
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
Location. 37° 46.623′ N, 122° 23.561′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on King Street near 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 King Street, San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chutchui and Sitlintac (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboat Point (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 (approx. 0.2 miles away); California Electric Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Garcia and Maggini Warehouse Jack London (approx. 0.2 miles away); King Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Shipbuilding at Steamboat Point (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker stretches between 3rd and 4th Streets on the east side of King Street.
Also see . . . Ramaytush people - Wikipedia. Historically, the Ramaytush inhabited the San Francisco Peninsula between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean in the area which is now San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. The Ramaytush were not thought to be a self-conscious socio-political group. Instead they were defined by modern anthropologists and linguists, initially in the early twentieth century as the San Francisco Costanoans – the people who spoke a common dialect or language within the Costanoan branch of the Utian family. (Submitted on March 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 673 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2017, by Erik Eldridge of Burlingame, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.