Tuesday, March 16, 2010
ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " I "
This is a more sobering post for the letter " I " than I have done in the past.
The letter " I " stands for the Maidu Indians. They are a proud people Indigenous to Placer County and surrounding counties of Northern California.
Many Maidu have survived the catastrophe of indiscriminate force used by the government of early times to decimate the Indian population, their language, traditions and practices.
The Native First People remember... "it was not that long ago that if you saw strangers coming, you hid your children. But the strangers kept coming back until they found the children. The Maidu's homes were more than land. Generations lived and died there, forever.
The land had become sacred to us. Being forced to leave your home was like a death, both for the child taken and for those left behind."
Sahtehpoo, a Native Maidu says, "Stealing a child is a crime now. My Dad was taken as a young boy, when there were no laws to protect Indian children. In fact, there was a law allowing them to be taken. My Dad did not like the way he was treated. Our traditions and language were taken away but not stamped out completely. These are hard to get back, but we are a very persistent People."
Lady Mary Polissa survived the Trail of Tears. This photo taken in 1892. The treatment given the Maidu Indians is Indecent.
Maiduan Indian families preserved their traditional culture In spite of European Impacts.
This Information was learned at the Maidu Indian Museum in Roseville, California and has made a deep Impression on me.
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