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INDIANS OF THE YOSEMITE VALLEY AND VICINITY
Their History, Customs and Traditions
by GALEN CLARK
This short little book was written by one of the pioneers of
Yosemite National Park, Galen Clark.
In 1857 Clark was the first white person to view the Mariposa Grove, a stand
of old-growth redwoods which are some of the largest living organisms
on the planet.
Clark was one of the first full-time white residents of Yosemite and
is considered the first ranger of that park.
Although obviously Clark had no training in ethnography, he lived
for many years with the last generation of
pre-contact Native Americans of Yosemite.
It is apparent that the Yosemite Miwok, who had a disasterous first contact,
were extremely reluctant to open up about the details of their mythology
and culture, even to comparatively benign individuals such as Clark.
However, this is one of the few first-hand accounts from this period,
and the information in this book has been rehashed in many others,
The Lore and Lure of the Yosemite.
—J. B. Hare
Galen Clark, 1814-1910. Indians of the Yosemite Valley and vicinity: their history, customs and traditions 1st ed. (Yosemite Valley, California: G. Clark, 1904) Illustrated by Chris. Jorgensen and with photographs. xviii, 110p. ill. 19 plates. frontispiece (portrait). 18 cm. Library of Congress Call Number SD397.S4 C5. LCCN 04-009194. The second edition (1907) added 2 pages to the appendix.
Scanned by J. B. Hare, redactor, at sacred-texts.com, December 2003. These files may be used for any non-commercial purpose, provided this notice of attribution is left intact.
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