California through Native Eyes
184 pages, 6 x 9
16 illustrations, 3 maps
Paperback
Release Date:15 Jun 2016
ISBN:9780295998350
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California through Native Eyes

Reclaiming History

University of Washington Press

Most California histories begin with the arrival of the Spanish missionaries in the late eighteenth century and conveniently skip to the Gold Rush of 1849. Noticeably absent from these stories are the perspectives and experiences of the people who lived on the land long before European settlers arrived. Historian William Bauer seeks to correct that oversight through an innovative approach that tells California history strictly through Native perspectives. Using oral histories of Concow, Pomo, and Paiute workers, taken as part of a New Deal federal works project, Bauer reveals how Native peoples have experienced and interpreted the history of the land we now call California.

William J. Bauer, Jr. is associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a member of the Wailacki and Concow tribes of the Round Valley Indian Reservation. He is the author of We Were All like Migrant Workers Here: Work, Community, and Memory on California's Round Valley Reservation, 1850-1941.
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