This is the history of the Shasta Nation as told by the Shasta people to Betty Lou Hall, who has spent her life recording and verifying Shasta oral history with documents, photographs, and interviews. Now she presents this story of her people. Thousands of years before there was a California, the native Shasta Upper-Klamath people had a successful society in an area stretching from Crater Lake near Medford, Oregon, to just north of Redding, California. These people are far fewer today, but they are still there. Many early American settlers tried to eliminate, enslave, or forget them, and later anthropologists cut them into linguistic jigsaw-puzzle maps of origin. Meanwhile, the descendants of approximately 35 surviving families overcame both hatred and scientific scrutiny.
About the Author
Authors Betty Lou Hall, official historian and keeper of records for the Shasta Nation, and Monica Jae Hall, who also co-authored Arcadia’s Western Siskiyou, Gold and Dreams in the Making of America series, are partners in Shasta Upper-Klamath Research.
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I enjoyed the book because it made connections for me between generations, families, and friends in the Shasta Nation. I feel it did an excellent job in depicting the past, present, and future of the Shasta peoples. It gave me a greater appreciation for their determination and resilience. The pictures were the essence of the book. I felt like I had made a hundred new friends by the time I finished reading it. Definitely a keeper!!!!