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In the Land of the Grasshopper Song: Two Women in the Klamath River Indian Country in 1908-09

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In 1908 two young women—the authors of this book—accepted Indian Service appointments as field matrons for the Karok Indians in the Klamath and Salmon River country of northern California. Although the area had been the scene of a gold rush some fifty years earlier, they write in the foreword, "the social life of the Indian—what he believed and the way he felt about things—was very little affected by white influence. The older Indians still had the spaced tatoo marks on their forearms, by which they could measure the length of the string of wampum required to buy a wife. . . . The white men we knew on the Rivers were pioneers of the Old West. . . . All around us was gold country, the land of the saloon and of the six-shooter. Our friends and neighbors carried guns as a matter of course, and used them on occasion. But the account given in these pages is not of these occurrences but of everyday life on the frontier in an Indian village, and what Indians and badmen did and said when they were not engaged in wiping out their friends and neighbors. It is also the account of our own two years in Indian country where, in the sixty-mile stretch between Happy Camp and Orleans, we were the only white women, and most of the time quite scared enough to satisfy anybody."

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This is an account of everyday life on the frontier in an Indian village, and what Indians and badmen did and said when they were not engaged in wiping out their friends and neighbors. Based on the two years that the authors spent in Indian country.

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Mary Ellicott Arnold and Mabel Reed, who had met as children, were an adventurous and devoted twosome for nearly seventy years. Most of their papers from which this work was drawn are located at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College.

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Robert Ewing, March 16, 2009 (view all comments by Robert Ewing)
A must read for anyone who hopes to understand the Klamath River.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780803267039
Subtitle:
Two Women in the Klamath River Indian Country in 1908-09
Author:
Arnold, Mary E.
Author:
Arnold, Mary E.
Author:
Arnold, Mary Ellicott
Author:
Reed, Mabel
Publisher:
Bison Books
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
California
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Siskiyou County (Calif.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Karok Indians.
Subject:
Siskiyou County
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- California.
Subject:
Karok Indians -- Social life and customs.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. (SSA)
Publication Date:
19801101
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus
Pages:
313
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 0.8 lb

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