Yosemite Indians

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     California Indians were primarily agrarian and when the Spanish arrived they mostly co-existed. In contrast to the US plains Indians, they were not were not unified into a large force. The Sioux, Cherokee and Lacota were faced with advancing white troops and presented a formidable front. In the greater Yosemite area we are very familiar with the Miwok and the Mono Paiute. In the mid 1800’s, most tribes moved peacefully to reservations. The Ahwaneechee were different and were pursued by the Mariposa Battalion leading to the 1851 discovery of the Valley.

     The National Park Service takes care to get the involvement of many tribes when they conduct projects that impact the region. Specifically, the following are consulted: American Indian Council of Mariposa County, Inc., Mono Lake Paiute Indian Community, Bishop Paiute Tribal Office, North Fork Mono Rancheria, Bridgeport Paiute Indian Colony, Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, Mono Lake Utzadika’a Paiute Tribe and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians.

     I wanted to tell you about some Community Education classes I have set up soon. If you want to expand your horizons, I will be teaching my 3-hour Half Dome Adult Ed class at Foothill (Los Altos) on Feb 15. We have 8 signed up now so hurry. On the 16th at Foothill college I am teaching a 2-hour “Travel for free – be a cruise ship lecturer.” I do!! For Foothill classes click <HERE>.  Then on the the 17th, I’m down at Gavilan in Gilroy with the Cruise Ship Lecturing class.  Click <HERE> for Gavilan.  All classes start at 6 pm.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “This is the crowning glory of all views on this continent.” Charles Caspar Meridian, Conn, 1873

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


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