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History of Us: Nisenan Tribe of the Nevada City Rancheria by Tribal Charman Richard B. Johnson

5 stars –  Remarkable Labor of Love and Cultural Sharing

Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018

Tribal Chairman Richard B. Johnson describes the indigenous lifestyle (before white men came to California) in a way that makes the heart long to experience it, feel the close family ties, and understand the intimate connections with the land.

Nisenan villages had communication and trading systems, and convention-style gatherings where art and culture were exchanged.

Included in the book are photos of tools that were crafted for hunting, fishing, and food storage as well as ceremonial regalia. Herbalists and native plant enthusiasts will appreciate the flora resources chapter.

Although every aspect of Nisenan life, past and present, is captivating, my favorite section is belief and tradition stories. Coyote trickery, the creation story, and the Huitals, one-legged people who live in caves, had my imagination working overtime.

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