Marin Nomad: Honoring the Land and Native Culture

What sets Marin apart from other “suburban” areas is the incredible abundance of open space and undeveloped land especially along the Pacific coast including the Mount Tam Watershed. This is a major reason that so many are drawn to live in this unique county and what makes Marin an extraordinary place to live.  Before we arrived, the Coast Miwok Indians lived throughout much of Marin and their ancestors occupied this area for thousands of years. About 600 village sites have been identified in Marin County from San Rafael to Tomales. Unfortunately there aren’t many Miwoks left in this area, but what we do know is that the Miwoks were hunters and gatherers and were skilled in basketry, flint knapping and clamshell bead making. Look for more posts on Marin Nomad dedicated to honoring Native Culture, specifically the Miwok Tribe.


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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