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Miwok Indians (‘man”) One of the two divisions of the Moquelumnan family in central California, the other being the Olamentke. With a small exception in the west the Miwok occupied territory bounded on the north by Cosumnes River, on the east by the ridge of the Sierra Nevada, on the south by Fresno creek, and on the west by San Joaquin River. The exception on the west is a narrow strip of land on the east bank of the San Joaquin, occupied by Yokuts Indians, beginning at the Tuolumne and extending northward to a point not far from the place where the San Joaquin bends to the west. The Miwok are said by Powers to be the largest “nation” in California, and a man of any of their tribes or settlements may travel form the Cosumnes to the Fresno and make himself understood without difficulty, so uniform is their language.
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