Stories, Legends and Other Things: George Gibbs 1815-1873

George Gibbs./Photo courtesy of Wiki CommonsAccurate accounts of the very early days of contact between Native people and miners are scarce, at best. Since newspapers and military sources offering some accountability would not arrive in the area until 1853, most accounts prior to that time were derived from the non-Indian participants, which were subject to distortion and inaccuracy. Oral history accounts from the Natives are for the most part discounted by historians who wrote Humboldt County history due in part to the exaggerated information gathered from the white participants years later. Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things

As descendants of the people who lived in this valley not too long ago, we sometimes wonder how we as people in this modern age can readapt some of those ancient ways to help make our lives better. Of course there are certain ways that could never be brought back. We have too many outside influences which we could never change. Modern technology has made us too dependent on certain things and it would be impossible for us to function without them. But perhaps the real concern for us today is the things that we may be losing. Read More →

Stories Legends and Other Things: No Warrior Society

During World War II more than 44,000 Indians out of a total U.S Indian population of less than 350,000 served in the military between 1941 and 1945 in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. Of the approximately 300 Hupa males over 18 years of age at that time, sixty three of them also went off to fight in those distant wars. Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things: Who Won the War?

During the conflict between local Indians and the U.S Military over one hundred and fifty years ago, many engagements took place, and most of them were considered major battles. Today different interpretations of what actually happened are still being called into question. Some people question whether it was actually a war at all. Still others debate on who actually won the conflict between the two groups. Read More →

Stories Legends and Other Things: Peace in the Valley

But time itself was irrelevant to the Hupa. When a group of people live in one community in one location for hundreds of generations, a way of life is developed through trial and error, which is honed and tailored into a near perfect society. That is what happened in this valley. Read More →

Stories Legends and Other Things: Touch the Moon

Then the next stage, at least for most boys, was cowboys and Indians and army, or war. Looking back, I guess it was true that no one really wanted to be the Indian, because you were taught in school and by the movies, that it was the Indian that always lost or was killed. So we were always the cowboy. Read More →

From Hoopa: Stories, Legends and Other Things

Have you ever wondered how the four counties in our region of the state; Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte and Siskiyou came into being? Well it all started out with some very ambitious people living in the new community of Weaverville, California. Read More →

From Hoopa: Stories, Legends and Other Things

For thousands of years our rugged terrain and remoteness has protected us in many different ways. One of the reasons large scale battles between neighboring tribes never occurred in the old times was difficulties in transporting large groups of warriors over high mountain passes during severe weather. Although warfare was very rare between Northwestern California tribes, if it did occur it was mainly over depleted resources causing hunger and starvation, and that would happen during the winter months. Read More →