PictureBetty Goerke.

Mill Valley resident Betty Goerke, the chairperson of the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM) and a professor emeritus at College of Marin, is about as steeped in the Coast Miwok history and culture and as anyone could ever hope to be.

The Milley Award winner continues to be the gift that keeps on giving to teachers and their students when it comes to this subject. The author of the groundbreaking Chief Marin has written a new book of historical fiction for children called Adventures of Two Coast Miwok Children. Written for third and fourth graders, it imagines Chief Marin’s childhood growing up in the village of Anamas (Mill Valley) and that of his frient Mottiqui, who lived in an nearby village.

Illustrated by Native artist Edward Willie, Adventures of Two Coast Miwok Children is being published by the Mill Valley Historical Society in two editions – a Teacher’s Edition and a trade paperback for kids. This is the first book publishing venture for MVHS, which is expanding its publishing efforts beyond its Mill Valley history Review

The Historical Society is giving the Teacher’s Edition as a gift to all Marin County public and private elementary school teachers who teach a unit (usually in the third or fourth grade) on southern Marin’s indigenous peoples. The printed Teacher’s Edition is currently being distributed.

Like Chief Marin, the new tome is based on archaeologist-anthropologist Goerke’s 30 years researching the Coast Miwok.


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