all history is a tapestry woven of multi-colored threads, so too is Mariposa
History an interweaving of many cultures. Thus, while a European
imprint is eternally etched on the face of the countryside, we cannot forget
those native people who were the stewards of the land long before these
histories were new: the Miwoks.
The word "MiWok" is the plural form of the word "Miwu" which means person. Because these indigenous peoples did not believe themselves to be a nation possessing a separate existence requiring a name of its own, they called themselves "MiWok" - the plural form of the word "MiWu" which means person. Or put another way - they were the People of this land.
find out more about the Miwok people, please click on one of these links:
history text by Dr. John M. Anderson
the here and now (Archived from the Sacramento Bee)