Marni Shapiro has been volunteering to maintain Kule Loklo for 22 years, although this is the first year she’s ever had to weed the inside of the kotcha, a traditional Miwok structure. When she first started they could walk into the adjacent forest to source their building and maintenance materials. Stricter regulations forbide that now.   David Briggs

Tucked behind the Bear Valley Visitor Center is a living prehistory museum honoring the Coast Miwok who inhabited the region for centuries before the arrival of European settlers. Spread across an open field are replicated buildings of the Miwok: a sweathouse, a roundhouse, acorn granary and multiple cone-shaped structures called kotcas

The village . . .

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