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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Monterey’s First Fishermen

Historic Cannery Row

 
 
Monterey’s First Fishermen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. Monterey’s First Fishermen Marker
[Illustration captions]
[Top]
Drawing courtesy of Linda Yamane

[Middle]
Drawing courtesy of Linda Yamane

[Bottom]
Courtesy of the Monterey Public Library, California History Room.
Inscription. For thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans in 1602, the Rumsien people fished Monterey Bay. These native people caught and used nearly every species of fish and shellfish found in the bay. Sea otters, sea lions and seals were dietary staples, and their pelts were made into blankets and capes for trade.

This drawing done in 1784 by Spanish artist Jose Cardero [bottom] depicts a young Rumsien girl in traditional dress. The connection between the Rumsien people and the sea is evident in the girl’s apparel, which includes a sea otter wrap over a tule skirt, and Olivella and abalone shell necklace and matching ear pendants. Her intricately woven basket is a hallmark Rumsien handcraft.

As hunter gatherers, the Rumsien people had no metal, wove no cloth, made no pottery and grew no crops. However, with natural materials at hand, they built temporary dwellings, fabricated boats and tools for fishing and hunting, and crafted beautiful baskets, which were used for hauling, storing and cooking.
 
Location. 36° 36.896′ N, 121° 53.953′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is at the intersection of Cannery Row and Hoffman Avenur on Cannery Row. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 598 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Monterey’s First Fishermen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. Monterey’s First Fishermen Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McAbee Beach (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Canning Processes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building Cannery Row (about 400 feet away); The Cannery Row Monument (about 500 feet away); Working Women (about 500 feet away); Grand Procrastination (about 600 feet away); Hurray for Hollywood (about 600 feet away); Silver Harvest (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rumsen language - wikipedia. The Rumsen local tribe, from which the language name was derived, held the lower Carmel River Valley and neighboring Monterey Peninsula at the time of Spanish colonization. (Submitted on May 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Rumsen Ohlone, a brief history - Ohlone Profiles. Ohlone people lived on these lands for many millennia before 1775 when the first European ship arrived. In 1776, life changed drastically when the Hispanic Empire established the Mission in San Francisco. (Submitted on May 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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