Friday, March 12, 2010

California Indian Resources: Hard Facts

Below are some sources for those of you looking for those elusive "hard facts" with which to discuss California Indian history. I've followed this up by some photos I've found online. I'll post the sources when I can.

Video clip describes the circustances in California during the1800s which legalized slavery of Native Americans. Written and produced by Doug Harris:
California Indian Timeline on a website which serves as a memorial for Indians who died as the result of Missionization and the Gold Rush:

PBS show and website about "California Genocide":


  1. Thank you so much for your work on this. When I taught 4th grade many several years ago, this information was not in our textbooks. It's still not in our textbooks nor in our standards. It's only after working for a small tribe a few years ago, that I learned about the real history of California Indians. If the State Board of Education ever revists the History Social Science Standards, I hope they revise this section for 4th grade.

    Susan Pennell
    School Library Manager

  2. Thank you, Susan. I hear that the state is, indeed, revising this unit - but don't have much information about how they're planning to change it. This is a long, long slog. But well worth it. Right now, the internet looks like the best way to circumvent reluctant school boards and publishers.

  3. Hello Deborah,

    I am so glad I found out about your blog as I am in the process of writing a middle grade historical fiction on the Kashaya Pomo set in the 1830s around Fort Ross - pre-Gold Rush era is hardly covered at all even in guidebooks. Whenever I tell people about my topic they have no idea what I'm referring to. Fortunately with the UC Berkeley Dept of Anthropology and the Fort Ross Interpretive Association I have quite a lot of material, although detailed regional history is still pretty much a blur if I want to be specific. I'll subscribe to your blog right away!

  4. Hey FrogMom, don't forget to check with the Kayasha Pomo themselves! is their website. Remember, I'm not Pomo, and although I have some info about the Gold Rush and affected tribes, I haven't covered the Pomo specifically. Keep up the hunt!

  5. I'm a first grade teacher in San Francisco and we're doing a thematic unit on native people in North America. I'd love to read a good picture book that might tell the kids something about indigenous cultures in California pre-missions and gold rush but I can't find ANYTHING! If anyone has come across a good book that I might be able to get my hands on, I'd love to hear about it! Thanks!

  6. Great Links and Great pictures! Thank you so much for the information on california indians! When I go to the California Indian Casinos I'll have to check out these historic places!


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