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Indians of the Yosemite Valley and Vicinity Their History, Customs and Traditions   By: (1814-1910)

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In "Indians of the Yosemite Valley and Vicinity: Their History, Customs and Traditions," Galen Clark takes readers on an intriguing journey into the rich cultural heritage of the Native American tribes residing in the Yosemite Valley and its surrounding areas.

Clark's meticulous research and passion for the subject matter are evident throughout the book. He provides a comprehensive account of the history, customs, and traditions of the indigenous peoples who inhabited this picturesque region long before European settlers arrived. By delving into their lifestyles, social structures, religious beliefs, and artistic expressions, Clark crafts a narrative that enlightens readers about a forgotten chapter of American history.

One aspect that sets this book apart is Clark's deep respect and reverence for the Native American communities. Instead of merely presenting a detached academic analysis, Clark consistently demonstrates an appreciation for their culture, emphasizing their resilience, wisdom, and environmental stewardship. Additionally, the author strives to dispel common stereotypes and misconceptions about Native Americans, highlighting their sophisticated societal structures and the immense knowledge they possessed.

Clark's ability to bring the ancient traditions to life is commendable. His vivid descriptions of ceremonies, dances, and rituals transport readers back in time, and the inclusion of insightful anecdotes and personal stories effectively humanizes the narrative. Furthermore, the book is enriched with stunning illustrations, maps, and photographs that capture the essence of the region and its people, further enhancing the reading experience.

The pace of the book is generally well-paced, with each chapter covering a distinct aspect of the Native American cultures within the Yosemite Valley and surrounding regions. However, some readers may find the occasional digressions into geological or botanical details distracting, albeit fascinating in their own right.

Although Clark's work is undeniably thorough, the book was written in the late 19th century, resulting in some outdated terminology and perspectives. While it is crucial to read this piece as a historical document, contemporary readers should exercise critical thinking and awareness of the biases prevalent during that era.

"Indians of the Yosemite Valley and Vicinity" is a valuable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Native American tribes that once flourished in this breathtaking natural wonder. Galen Clark's passion for this subject matter shines through his writing, making it an engaging and enlightening read. This book serves as an important reminder of the need to appreciate and respect the diverse cultural legacies that have shaped the world we live in today.

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[Illustration: Photograph by Taber .]

[Signature: Galen Clark]

INDIANS OF THE YOSEMITE VALLEY AND VICINITY

Their History, Customs and Traditions

BY GALEN CLARK

Author of "Big Trees of California," Discoverer of the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, and for many years Guardian of the Yosemite Valley.

With an Appendix of Useful Information for Yosemite Visitors

ILLUSTRATED BY CHRIS. JORGENSEN AND FROM PHOTOGRAPHS

YOSEMITE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

GALEN CLARK

1907

Copyright 1904, by Galen Clark

TO MY FRIEND CHARLES HOWARD BURNETT

Contents

INTRODUCTION AND SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR ix

CHAPTER I. EARLY HISTORY 1 II. EFFECTS OF THE WAR 14 III. CUSTOMS AND CHARACTERISTICS 21 IV. SOURCES OF FOOD SUPPLY 31 V. RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES AND BELIEFS 49 VI. NATIVE INDUSTRIES 67 VII. MYTHS AND LEGENDS 76

APPENDIX: Hints to Yosemite Visitors 101 Official Table of Distances and Livery Charges 105 Supplementary Table of Distances 107 Interpretation of Indian Names 107 Tables of Altitudes 110 Names of Indian Numerals 111 Indian Words in Common Use 111 Tribes Placed on Reservations in 1850 51 112

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