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Note to Students, local or otherwise:
This history site has been compiled as an aid in your research, not as a substitute for it. Please take notes, paraphrase, cite, and of course jump right into your own research. (See one of search engines, below.) I especially recommend Cottonwood`s own library on Main Street, the Boggs Collection at the Main Library in Redding, and the local books by Dottie Smith, Hazel McKim and the late Ed Petersen. In addition, you will likely be helped by the works (or websites) listed below. Finally, I want you to feel free to copy from my pages here, but be sure to follow your teachers` standards for citing works. Get in the habit. (It may help you later on when you write the book on OUR time and era!)


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Dream Songs and Ceremony
Frank R. LaPena

Frank LaPena's book is the closest thing to a prayer that any combination of words and art can be. Its sensitive evocation of place --- and the ancient relationships of Native people to a living landscape, is truly marvelous. I can think of no other book in recent years which succeeds so well on so many levels.

(Joseph Bruchac, poet and editor)

Bancroft, Hubert Howe. Bancroft's Works Volume I, History of California 1542 - 1800. Publisher Wallace Hebberd, 1963 ("classic" first published 1886).

Barth, Gunther Paul. Bitter strength; a History of the Chinese in the United States, 1850-1870. Publisher Harvard University Press, 1964.

Baxter, William Harland. The Shasta Route: 1863-1887. (Railroad History). 1981.

Bean, Walton and Rawls, James. California: An Interpretive History, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill, 1988.

Beard, Estle and Carranco , Lynwood. Genocide & Vendetta: The Round Valley Wars of Northern California. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman OK, 1981.

Beasley, Delilah Leontium. The Negro Trail Blazers of California. Los Angeles, 1968.

Bidwell, John. "Life in California Before the Gold Discovery " The Century. November, 1890. Go to "San Francisco Museum Site"

Costo, Rupert and Costo, Jeannette Henry, editors, The Missions of California: A Legacy of Genocide, Indian Historical Press, San Francisco, 1987.

CSU Monterey Local History Site. "Mexican Governors of Alta California: 1815-1847" (Information on Gob. Manuel Micheltoreña, 1842-1845). Go to "Governors of Mexican California"

Dotta, James. "Bloody Island: Fact and Fiction." Shasta County Historical Society. Ann Hart, compiler. Redding, California, 1982.

Dotta, James. 1980. "Some Elements Of Wintu Social Organization As Suggested By Curtin's 1884-1889 Notes." Occasional Papers of the Redding Museum (1) (December).

Dubois, Cora, and Dorothy Demetracopoulou. 1931. "Wintu Myths." University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology (Berkeley) 28(5) (29 December):279-403. , edited by A. L. Kroeber and Robert H. Lowie: University of California Press.

DuBois, Cora. 1935. "Wintu Ethnography." University of California Publication in American Archaeology and Ethnology (Berkeley) 36(1):1-148. : University of California Press. DuBois, Cora. 1971. "The 1870 Ghost Dance Religion." The California Indians: A Source Book Pp. 496-499 in , edited by R. F. Heizer and M. A. Whipple. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Eaton, Edna Behrens. 1962. "The Indians I Remember In Shasta." The Covered Wagon Pp. 1-6 in . Redding, CA: Shasta Historical Society.

Giffen, Helen S. Man of Destiny: Pierson Barton Reading, Pioneer of Shasta County. Shasta County Historical Society. Redding, California, 1985.

Gilbert Y Chavez, Donald. America's First Cowboys New Mexico - Good source, and handy. But not as thorough on this subject as Joe Mora's classic 1949 book, however.

Giles, Rosena Giles, Rosena. Shasta County California: Centennial History. Biobooks, Oakland CA 1949. pp. 189-199.

Gudde, Erwin. Sutters Own Story: The Life of General John August Sutter and the History of New Helvetia in the Sacramento Valley. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1999.

Harlow, Neal. California Conquered: the Annexation of a Mexican Province University of California Press, Berkeley CA 1982.

Heizer, Robert F. and Alan F. Almquist. The Other Californians: Prejudice and Discrimination in the Golden State. Berkeley: UC Press, 1971.

Hogue, Helen Steadman. Wintu Trails. Edited by Margaret N. Kardell. Redding, CA: Redding Printing Company, Inc. 1977.

Johnson, Susan Lee. Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. / February, 2000

LaPena, Frank R. 1978. "Wintu", in California, edited by Robert F. Heizer, pp. 324–340. Handbook of North American Indians, William C. Sturtevant, general editor, vol. 8. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

LaPena, Frank R. 1987. The world is a Gift. Limestone Press, San Francisco. Other contributors include Jill Livermore, Yoshiko Shimano,

LaPena, Frank R. 2004. Dream Songs and Ceremony: Reflections on Traditional California Indian Dance. Great Valley Books, Berkeley, California. ISBN 1-890771-79-1.

Livingston, Jill. That Ribbon of Highway : Highway 99 from the Oregon Border to the State Capital. Living Gold Press, 1996.

Livingston, Jill. That Ribbon of Highway II: Highway 99 from the State Capital to the Mexican Border. Living Gold Press, 1998.

Masson, Marcelle . A Bag of Bones: Legends of the Wintu Indians of Northern California, (Myths as told by a Trinity River Man, Grant Towendolly). Happy Camp, CA: Naturgraph Publishers, 1967.

Mathes, Valerie; et al. The Indian Reform Letters of Helen Hunt Jackson. University of Oklahoma Press, 1998.

McKim, Hazel, and Bessie Sanders (Editors), Shasta County History Shasta County Book Commission, 1985.

McNamar, Myrtle. Way Back When. "Cottonwood." 1952. pp. 62-64.

Micheltoreña and others. The original land grant from the Government of (mexican) California in Monterey to "Don P.B. Reading" Go to land-grant site

Mora, Joseph Jacinto. Californios: The Saga of the hard-riding Vaqueros, America's first cowboys. Garden City NY: Doubleday & Company, 1949.

Nuttall, Donald A., "The Gobernantes of Spanish Upper California: A Profile" California Historical Quarterly 60(3):253-280, 1972).

PBS Online. "Readings and Resources on the California Gold Rush -- greatest adventure the world has ever known." PBS Gold Rush Site. See adjoining pages at this site. Go to PBS site

Perry, Claire; et al. Pacific Arcadia: Images of California, 1600-1915. 1999: Oxford University Press.

Petersen, Edward. Cottonwood: the brief history of a small California town. Redding, California. 1974.

Petersen, Edward . In the Shadow of the Mountain. "Cottonwood--On the Southern Boundary." Redding, California. 1965. pp. 88-89,91.

Petersen, Edward . Pierson B. Reading: Shasta County Pioneer, Brief Biography of a Prominent Early Californian.

Rawls, James J. Indians of California: The Changing Image, University of Oaklahoma Press, 1984.

Rogers, Fred Blackburn. William Brown Ide: Bear Flagger SF: John Howell Books, 1962.

Schultz, Charles R. Forty-Niners 'Round the Horn. University of South Carolina Press, 1999.

Shackley, M. Steven. "Ishi Was Not Necessarily the Last Full-Blooded Yahi" Archaeological Research Facility Newsletter, V.3 N.2, Berkeley, Spring 1996. Go to "Ishi- [new thoughts]"

Shepherd, Alice. 1989. Series: University Of California Publications In Linguistics. Vol. 117, Wintu Texts. Pp. 497 . Berkeley, CA.: University of California Press.

Shepherd, Alice; Grace McKibbin, Foreword by Frank Lapena. In My Own Words: Stories, Songs, and Memories of Grace Mckibben, Wintu. Heyday Books. October, 1997     Kate Luckie prophetic warning on ecology

Smith, Dottie. History of Cottonwood "Now and Then." 1987. update, C.A.T. Publishing, 1994

Starr, Kevin (Editor), Richard J. Orsi (Editor). Rooted in Barbarous Soil: People, Culture, and Community in Gold Rush California. University of California Press / October, 2000.

Stienstra, Tom. San Francisco Examiner. "Land of Ishi inspires wonder and awe"

Vallejo, Guadalupe. "Ranch and Mission Days in Alta California," The Century. December 1890.

Vogt, Esther Loewen. God's Mountain Man : The Story of Jedediah Strong Smith. Springfield, MO: Gospel Pub House, (1445 Boonville), 1991.

Yogi, Stan [editor]. Highway 99 - A Literary Journey Through California's Great Central Valley. Berkeley, CA: California Council for the Humanities, 1966.

Walker, Dale. Bear Flag Rising: The Conquest of California, 1846. St. Martin's Press, 1999.

Wintu/Wintun [bibliography] from CILC - Shasta Public Libraries. California Indian Library Collection.

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