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Yosemite Natives

Having lived just outside of Yosemite National Park for many years, I was fascinated with its history, especially that of the ancestors of the Native Americans who still live in the area. Julia Parker (#10) would come to my classroom to teach the children how to weave pine needle baskets, as she has done in the park for over sixty years. At 84 years old, she is the Matriarch of the banded area Yosemite Tribes and leads the Opening Ceremony for the annual Pow Wow in Mariposa, CA each year. The tribes and their languages are dwindling now and they struggle to pass on their history and language to their grandchildren, who are so caught up in the ways of the world. It will be a huge loss to the world if this rich history is forgotten.

1. Suzie McGowan, daughter Sadie in cradleboard

2. Mono Lake Paiutes with John Muir

3. Suzie and baby Sadie McGowan

4. Suzie, Sadie, Carrie, Minnie, Poker Bill McGowan, 1903

5. Captain Jim, Poker Bill's father, Capt. of the Yosemite, Bridgeport, Hetch-Hetchy, Mono Lake Paiute

6. Yosemite Native 1902

7. Sadie McGowan

8. Ta-bu-ce/Maggie Leonard 1902

9. Julia Parker's hands weaving a willow basket, 2004

10. Julia Parker, Yosemite Park Ranger, Native American Historian and Matriarch of the Yosemite Area Tribes

Black & White photos by J.T. Boysen, 1901-1903

Kit: Pow Wow by Kristmess

Fonts: Poplar Std., Calibri


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