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INDIANS OF THE YOSEMITE VALLEY AND VICINITY: THEIR HISTORY, CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS 1904 Hardcover Near Fine SIGNED by Galen Clark
By Clark, Galen
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Yosemite Valley, California, Galen Clark, 1904, 1st edition. 110 pp, 26 full-page b/w illustrations (including portrait frontispiece) from photographs by Taber, Fiske, Foley, Boysen & Dove, and from drawings by Mrs. Jorgensen. Tan cloth [pictorial hardcover. Near Fine.

Chapters include: Early history -- Effects of the war -- Customs and characteristics -- Sources of food supply -- Religious ceremonies and beliefs -- Native industries -- Myths and legends -- Hints to Yosemite visitors -- Official table of distances and livery charges -- Supplementary table of distances -- Interpretation of Indian names -- Tables of altitudes.



SIGNED/INSCRIBED by Galen Clark

One of the best available resources relating to the life and legends of these fast-disappearing aboriginal inhabitants." - Cowan, page 

Galen Clark (March 28, 1814 March 24, 1910) is known as the first European American to discover the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia trees, and is notable for his role in gaining legislation to protect it and the Yosemite area, and for 24 years serving as Guardian of Yosemite National Park.

He wrote about protecting the grove to friends and the US Congress. He contributed to the writing and passage of legislation to protect the area, gaining support of US Senator John Conness from California. The act for the Yosemite Grant was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. Ceding the land to the state of California for preservation, the grant was the first of its kind. The legislation was to protect Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias for "public use, resort, and recreation ... to be left inalienable for all time." Galen became the first "guardian of the grant". His lungs healed, and he explored and climbed much of the area.

Clark did not seek to enrich himself from Yosemite Valley or the Sequoia trees. He ran a modest hotel and guide service. A poor businessman, he was constantly in debt. His Clark's Station, for example, had several more employees than required for the number of guests and its short season.

Toward the end of his life, Clark was desperately poor. He wrote three books on Yosemite. These include Indians of the Yosemite (1904) and The Yosemite Valley (1910). Clark's book on the sequoia trees is simple, factual, and direct. He left out his personal role in the discovery, popularization, and protection of the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees. He served as hotel keeper, guide, and guardian of Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove.  (Wikipedia)


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