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The Illustrious History of the Avocado

24 May

Avocados had an important place in Mesoamerican peoples’ diet, mythology, and culture. It’s possible that they were eaten in Mexico 10,000 years ago. Digest this concise history of the avocado by Erin Blakemore at JSTOR Daily: The Illustrious History of the Avocado | JSTOR Daily

130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas 

27 Apr

Shattered mastodon bones from a Southern California site bear the scars of human activity from 130,700 years ago, a team of scientists says — pushing back the generally accepted date that humans are thought to have settled North America by a whopping 115,000 or so years.

If verified and corroborated by other scientists, the discovery described in the journal Nature could radically rewrite the timeline of when humans first arrived in the Americas.

Read the rest of the story by Amina Khan of the Los Angeles Times here: 130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas – LA Times

The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

24 Apr

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

A stranded American Indian woman lived alone on this remote California island for 18 years, inspiring the great children’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins. Her story, briefly told at Atlas Obscura, reminds us of the lamentable experience of Natives struggling to survive in a market-driven world of European-Americans: San Nicolas Island – Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California – Atlas Obscura

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Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space

19 Apr

My old alma mater’s library–and the rethinking of libraries in the 21st century: Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space – LA Times

Kevin Starr, author of California histories and former state librarian, dies at 76

16 Jan

Kevin Starr entered this world in 1940 in a rare fraternity — a fourth-generation Californian whose family’s roots dated back to the Gold Rush era. His work as a historian of California helped shape my own work in California religious history. He was a devout Catholic. And, he and I attended library school together! May he rest in peace now: Kevin Starr, author of California histories and former state librarian, dies at 76 – LA Times

In 1918, California Drafted Children Into a War On Squirrels

29 Nov

Perhaps you are unacquainted with the California War on Squirrels, 1918. Read about it here in a fascinating story by Dave Gilson at Atlas Obscura: In 1918, California Drafted Children Into a War On Squirrels | Atlas Obscura

National Museum of the American Indian’s Historic Unveiling of Gold Rush Era Treaty Held Secret by U.S. Senate Leading to Ethnic Cleansing of American Indian Nations in California

22 Sep

WASHINGTON — Unratified California Treaty K, also known as the Treaty of Temecula, will go on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on Sept. 22. This treaty is part of the exhibition “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations,” which opened on Sept. 21, 2014 and will stay open through Spring 2020. The full text of the treaty is available on the Nation to Nation project website.

The Treaty of Temecula is but one of 18 unratified treaties with California tribes that were submitted to the U.S. Senate on June 1, 1852 by President Millard Fillmore. Unbeknownst to the tribal signatories, the Senate rejected the treaties and ordered them to be held in secrecy for over fifty years.

Read the rest of the news release at Native News Online: National Museum of the American Indian’s Historic Unveiling of Gold Rush Era Treaty Held Secret by U.S. Senate Leading to Ethnic Cleansing of American Indian Nations in California – Native News Online

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