Cute Creatures


George Lucas’ influence in Marin is undeniable. Whether people are documenting locations from his films throughout the county or speaking out against his building plans, it’s clear the famous dweller’s moves don’t go unnoticed. But his characters’ names show that Marin was influencing Lucas before he was such a big influencer here. Ewoks, though their names are actually never spoken in the Return of the Jedi, have Marin roots: Lucas says he came up with the name by reversing the syllables of “Wookie” and rhyming it with the tribe whose language has spawned many other names in our little part of the galaxy — Miwok.