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5,000 Years Ago...

The original inhabitants or people that lived in the San Francisco area, were the Ohlone people. They are a Native American tribe that has lived in the region for at least 5,000 years. Thousands of years ago, food was plentiful in the Bay Area. The Ohlone were able to feed their tribes by hunting animals like deer, rabbits and birds, as well as by fishing, and harvesting seafood like clams and mussels. They also gathered acorns that they ground and cooked into porridge or small cakes, and ate fruit, berries, roots, greens, wild vegetables, and seeds from native grasses.