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Native American Lifeways:
Half Moon Bay Area and San Francisco Peninsula

February 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Half Moon Bay History Association presents another unique speaker’s event on February 11, 2020.  Archaeologist Mark Hylkema returns to discuss a new topic centered on the Ohlone and their endurance from early colonial times to the present.

“At the time of first European contact, the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas were the home to 50 Indian tribes.  Each one had their own territories and dialects,” Hylkema explains.  “Today, these tribes are known collectively as the Ohlone people.  Their ancestral past spans many thousands of years, reaching back to the Ice Age.”

Recently, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on the history of the earliest inhabitants of the Coastside and the bay area.  Last year was the 250th anniversary of the Gaspar de Portolá expedition and the commemoration of 10,000 years of Ohlone settlement in San Mateo County.

Mark Hylkema

Hylkema is the Santa Cruz District Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison for California State Parks.  In this capacity, he manages cultural resources within the District’s 32 park units.  He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with 38 years of professional experience in California archaeology, working on archaeological projects throughout the state.

Hylkema’s primary research emphasis and publications are focused on ancestral Native American cultures of the San Francisco Bay area and the early Spanish Colonial Period history.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, and has taught anthropology, archaeology, and Native American Studies courses at Santa Clara University, University of California at Santa Cruz, De Anza College, Ohlone College and Cabrillo College.

He was President of the Society for California Archaeology during the 2015/2016 term and has contributed significantly to the regional archaeological literature.

New Location: Odd Fellows Lodge 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Time: 5:30 p.m. doors open, finger foods & refreshments – 6:00 p.m. program begins

The public is welcome – no charge – bring a friend!

Please Note: There are some stairs, but an electric stair chair is available for those who need it.


February 11
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Odd Fellows Lodge
526 Main St
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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