Rediscovering California’s Native Americans

Do you know which federally recognized tribe has its headquarters in San Joaquin County? If you answered the California Valley Miwok Tribe, you were correct. I bet most of you didn't answer correctly….

Elders and officers of the California Valley Miwok Tribe present tribal flag to Robin Wood and David Stuart (both on right) of the . . . → Read More: Rediscovering California’s Native Americans

Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 3

There are two remaining stereotypes that I’d like to address. First, that the Indians from San Joaquin County area were nothing special.

It is remarkable enough that the ancestors of the Native people from what is now San Joaquin County settled this area perhaps thirteen thousand years ago and developed lifeways suited to a new and changing . . . → Read More: Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 3

Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 2

American educators and the mainstream media have depicted the Native peoples of California—especially in the Central Valley—as passive, weak, and disinclined to defend their homelands. Americans tend to put the warrior Indians of the Great Plains on a pedestal, even though their cultures developed after Europeans reintroduced the horse to the New World. California Indians had . . . → Read More: Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 2

Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 1

”I encourage students to pursue an idea far enough so they can see what the…stereotypes are. Only then do they begin to hit pay dirt.” (Robert Morgan)

I began my career as a seasonal worker at Caswell Memorial State Park, in southern San Joaquin County. Preparing for campfire programs, I soon realized that what I had been . . . → Read More: Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 1