Almost Ancestors

  The First Californians   

The faces here represent California tribes that white men exterminated -- tribes whose elements were slowly gathered together, each one discrete, each one alive on a living land, and each one now gone. Empathy may not rise high when a piece of wild land perishes, but when a whole tribe vanishes, when fifty tribes disappear forever, we may well think that there but for the grace of God go we.

David R. Brower