|What makes California so special?|
A couple of anthropologists befriended him, and he told them the story of his life. As the last surviving member of the Yahi people, Ishi [after whom a famous book was written] was able to provide invaluable insights into his culture, ensuring that his tribe would be remembered.
To learn more about California's indigenous (Native American) tribes, use the direct links on the Los Angeles Times' Launch Point website (latimes.com/launchpoint).
|BEST BOOK: beacon.org|
Shapes and Uses of California Indian Basketry: The early Native Americans achieved a high degree of craftsmanship and artistry in their baskets. View pictures that demonstrate the incredible range of their skills: from cooking baskets and water bottles to cradles, moccasins, and animal traps (mip.berkeley.edu/cilc/basket).
Chumash Indians--Sports and Recreation: Imagine two teams, each with a hundred players, using a special "shinny" stick to hit a small wooden ball through the other team's goal posts. Learn about the many games that the Chumash played to practice important skills as well as to have fun (cyberfair.gsn.org/sierra/games).
|Genocidal white invaders' mass burial|
|American Indian Movement (aimovement.org)|
People of Our Past: Like many other tribes, the Chumash and Los Angeles Tongva (Gabrielinos/Kizh) prepared acorns by grinding them, washing away the tannic acid, and using the acorn meal to make flat cakes and soup. Learn more about their way of life through photos and oral histories (cyberfair.gsn.org/sierra).
|ART: Erasure (pamelajpeters.com)|
The History of the Maidu Mechoopda Indians: The California Gold Rush of 1848 changed the lives of the Maidu Mechoopda Indians forever. View maps and pictures that help tell the story of this tribe: the early days, their virtual extinction at the hands of white settlers and their current struggles in the late 20th century (ecst.csuchico.edu/~adamw/tribal/history).
California Tribes: A collection of resources on Native American tribes today. Read about the Hoopa alphabet, view the work of different artists, and find out when the next powwow is (indy4.fdl.cc.mn.us/~isk/maps/ca/california).
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Launch Point (latimes.com/launchpoint) is produced by the UC Irvine Department of Education, which reviews each site for appropriateness and quality. This week's Quest was designed by Julie Ryan, Leslie Baldwiin, Todd Sautner, Stan Woo-Sam, and Anna Manring.
|First Americans: Tribal Art from North America (Bowers Museum)|
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