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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, June 29, 2011 13B Vandalism defaces Ishi monument t Vandals took aim at Ishi's face on the monument overlooking the Ishi Wilderness. Participants on a Sierra Institute tour of the area discovered the damage, as well as discarded shell casings and beer bottles. Photo courtesy Sierra Institute On Saturday, June 18, 30 tour participants from the Sierra Institute's Center of Forestry boarded a bus in Chester and headed out to the Ishi marker near the Ishi Wilderness with Beverly Ogle, author and local historian, as tour guide. After a stop at Potato Patch campground for morning refreshments, introductions and boarding of more partici- pants from the Sacramento and Chico areas, they traveled through Deer and Mill creek canyons toward the Ishi marker. Spirits were high as they made their way deep into Yahi country, above Black Rock on a ridge that sepa- rates Deer Creek Canyon from Mill Creek Canyon, known as "The Narrows." The bust of Ishi istooking toward the sky, etched on a bronze plaque mounted in concrete and native stone. It is a beautiful sight against the eastern horizon, facing Mill Creek Ca'nyon with Deer Creek Canyon in the background. Dedicated in 2008, the placement and dedication of the Ishi marker closed the last chapter of the saga of a Native American legend from these mountains. Ishi means "man" in Yana. Ishi is believed to have been the last Native American in northern California to have lived most of his life completely outside th European• American cultu r'e. He emerged f-ore the wild in the late 1800s near Oro ville, leaving his ancestral homeland in the foothills near Lassen Peak. When the tour arrived at the marker, there was an audible gasp. Someone had been there earlier, had used their guns to deface the marker, and left spent casings, along with empty beer bottles and cans. Ogle, who was one of the people responsible for placing the marker, was m tears. Several of those visiting picked up the trash, photographed the damage for Ogle to share with the Redding Rancheria, also a responsible party for the marker, and small dona- tions were made on the spot towards refurbishing the monument. There were many conver- sations that day about the disrespect for history and those who came before us. For more information on the Ishi marker and how you can help in the refurbishing, contact Lauri Rawlins-Betta of the Sierra Institute at 284-1022. The day didn't end there, however, as Ogle still took the time to give participants a presentation on Ishi, the re- patriation of his bones and brain to the area, and the efforts to place the Ishi marker. Lunch was served at Bruff's Camp, where Ogle continued to share personal stories of her ancestors and growing up in Mill Creek Canyon. She shared photos from her childhood and his- torical photos of Ishi, and brought along her books, "Spirits of Blackrock" and "Whispers of the Maidu." The tour also visited the Alford-Cameron historical marker, located by the Brutgs Camp marker, denot- ing the locale where four men were crushed during the night when a large oak tree landed on their tent. Though the tour was marred by the desecration of the Ishi marker, the day couldn't have been more perfect, with hazy skies. warm weather, good com- pany and the many stories shared by Ogle. Sierra Institute's next tour is July 9: "Tribal trails, wagon wheels and pioneer parties," led by Dan Elliott, U.S. Forest Service archeolo- gist, and Farrell Cunning- ham, Maidu historian and language teacher. Call Lauri Rawlins-Betta at 284-1099 to make reservations. Sl tour follows old road,from Beckwourth to Genesee 'Tric,al Trails' to focus on mountain man, pioneers The Sierra Institute's Cen- ter of Forestry is offering an outdoor history and culture tour July 9 featuring Jim Beckwourth. The "Tribal. Trails, Wagon Wheels and Pioneer Parties" tour follows the old wagon road from Beckwourth to Genesee in Plumas County, providing the opportunity to learn about the history of the area while enjoying the scenic mountain route. James Pierson Beckwourth was on a prospecting expedi- tion in northern California. He and his companions had traveled north from American Valley (Quincy) to the Pitt River. Beckwourth saw what might be a pass through the mountains. He kept quiet about it at the time, but decided to return later. When he did return, he dis- covered the low-elevation The tour will explore pass through the rugged t.he:more recent history of Sierra Nevada and he saw early immigrants like Jim immediately that this would Beckwourth, an African- indeed be the best route to American explorer and American Valley from the settler of the West. In 1850, easL This tour is led by Dan Elliott, archeologist and Tribal Relations Program manager with the U.S. Forest Service, and Farrell Cunning- ham, a local Mountain Maidu historian and one of the few remaining speakers of the Maidu language. Space is limited; call early to reserve a place. Morning refreshments, lunch, snacks and beverages along with transportation are provided as part of the tour, which • begins at8 a.m...and:c0n. eludes by 5 p.m. Cost is $50 per person or $95 per couple. Visit the Center of Forestry's website at Sierra Institute.us for more details, or call Lauri Rawlins-Betta at 284-1022. After meeting in Quincy, participants will drive to Williams House Museum in Portola for morning refresh- ments and a brief history lesson on J.P. Beckwourth. From there the tour will con- tinue up the Genesee/ Beckwourth road toward Red Clover Valley. The state of California has an extensive story to tel when it comes to immigra- tion. People have come to California to discover new opportunities fur nearly 200 years, while Native Ameri- caus have lived in California for thousands zf years. Plumas County offcre.q immi- grants gold, lumber and new discoveries• On the tour, participants will learn about the history and culture of the Mountain Maidu who lived in the area for thousands of years before European settlement. Other tour highlights include a visit to Red Clover Valley to discuss historic dairy; grazing and:iumber practices in the valley, as well as restoration work done on Red Clover Creek. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the many historic bridges and passes of the old logging railroad that ran through the steep mountains surrounding the valleys. Both Elliott and Cunning- ham are extremely knowl- edgeable and will discuss the various historic sites and tell many interesting and enjoyable stories. 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