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Missions, Andrew Jackson, boarding schools, reservations, broken treaties, genocide. These are some of the grisly subjects that we might call the default topics that are discussed when California Native people congregate.
The Gold Rush. Three words that hold so much power in my world even today, all these decades and generations later.
Near a lonely Pacific Coast bluff, overlooking the writhing sea, exists a Cavern of Questions.
Ishi was the last wild Indian of the American West, supposedly. When I was twelve, I read a book about Ishi in one sitting.
All U.S. states are known for something: Idaho for potatoes, Georgia for peaches, and Arizona for the Grand Canyon and State Bill 1070. California, however, is the only state widely associated with gold, one of the most prized metals known to man -
We have heard of the deplorable accounts of Indigenous women and girls being sexually abused, raped, or sold into sex slavery during the Gold Rush era, and while we recognize the horror of these crimes, we typically attribute them to the purely evil intent of male settlers and their objectification of women.
For anyone who has not visited or lived in the San Francisco Bay Area during the summer, fog is the norm. Chilly foggy evenings are often followed by cool, foggy days.
November 22, 1933 - March 29, 2017
April 1, 1921 - February 10, 2017