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 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


Down west

Down west we dance.

We spirits dance

We spirits weeping dance.

Wintu Song