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n. pl. Miwok or Mi·woks
1. A member of a Native American people formerly composed of numerous groups inhabiting central California from the Sierra Nevada foothills to the San Francisco Bay area, with a small present-day population in the same region.
2. Any of the Penutian languages of this people.

[Central Sierra Miwok míw·ı̷·k, people.]
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Noun1.Miwok - a member of the North American Indian people living in the central Sierra Nevada in California
Penutian - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
2.Miwok - a Penutian language spoken by the Miwok
Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
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The award-winning book blends fact and fiction, weaving a story about an ancient people, the Coast Miwok, whose story has been lost in the mists of time.
1 The Point Reyes wool blanket from Pendleton honors the first inhabitants of California's Point Reyes, the Coast Miwok, who were gifted artisans and worked with rich hues.
The Coast Miwok indigenous tribe resided in the San Francisco Bay Area near Muir Woods for over 10,000 years and used the land for hunting, fishing, and gathering (GGNRA, 2017).
The father's family--which included a member of the Miwok tribal council--invoked the ICWA to insist that they be given priority over the non-Indian mother's family.
(67) Various accounts point to the original meaning of the word "Wawona." (68) Some suggest that "wawona" refers to the sequoia trees which surround the property in the language of Yosemite Valley's original occupants, the Southern Sierra Miwok; (69) others say the word mimics the sound of an owl's hoot ("wah-wonah").
Some say it is literally translated as 'those who kill", and was so named by surrounding Miwok tribes; others claim it means 'the enemies.'.
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