Malki-Ballena Press: Out of Print List

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Analysis of Rock Art in Baja California and Preface for Seven Rock Art Sites in Baja California
By Meighan, Clement; Ballena Press, 1978. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-081-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-081-1

Ancient Human Skeleton Found at Del Mar, California
By Rogers, Spencer L.; Ballena Press, 1974. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-038-8; ISBN13 978-0-87919-038-5

This booklet is from the San Diego Museum Papers, No.9. A human skeleton excavated in 1929 was dated by a newly developed chemical technique, amino acid racemixation. This monograph describes and illustrates the skull. The date determined for this skeleton is 48,000 years, making it the oldest yet recorded human bone material from North America. The dating of this burial may lead to further studies which will make necessary the revision of current time estimates for the existence of human populations in the New World.

Anthropometric Data Pertaining to an Atypical Human Skeleton from Northern Baja California
By Tyson, Rose A.; Ballena Press, 1975. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-045-0; ISBN13 978-0-87919-045-3

The materials described in this paper (No. 14 in the San Diego Museum of Man Ethnic Technology Notes) compose one of the enigmatic finds that is difficult to interpret, but which nevertheless is a fragment in the puzzling human biology of the region of Southern California and Baja California.

Archaeoastronomy in the Americas
By Williamson, Ray A.; Ballena Press, 1981. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-094-9; ISBN13 978-0-87919-094-1

A study of Astronomical practices of Native Americans from archaeological and ethnological evidence.

Archeological Studies in Mesoamerica Obsidian
By Hester, Thomas R.; Ballena Press, 1979. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-082-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-082-8

The shiny and razor-sharp volcanic glass called obsidian was one of the major raw materials utilized by ancient civilizations in Mexico and Guatemala. Recently (1979) there has been renewed interest among Mesoamerican archaeologists in the analysis of artifacts made from this material.

Art as a Source of Data in Physical Anthropology
By Rogers, Spencer L.; Ballena Press, 1964. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-033-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-033-0

Artificial Deformation of the Head
By Rogers, Spencer L.; Ballena Press, 1975. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-049-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-049-1

This booklet gives New World examples of ethnic mutilation and notes on its consequences, and is No. 8 in the San Diego Museum Papers.

Atishwin: The Dream Helper in South-Central California
By Applegate, Richard; Ballena Press, 1979. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-079-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-079-8

The Indians of south-central California sought access to the supernatural world through a personal bond with a dream helper.

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Background to Prehistory of the Yuha Desert Region
Edited by Wilke, Philip J.; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-058-2; ISBN13 978-0-87919-058-3

The diaries of explorers, pioneers, and gold seekers in the Yuha Desert contain much of our early information on the Kamia Indians of California’s Imperial Valley and their Diegueno neighbors of the desert slope of the Peninsular Mountains. Six papers describe the geologic, ethnographic, and archaeological evidence on the prehistory of the region. No. 5 in the Ballena Press Anthropological Papers, this work is an especially useful summary of source material for those interested in the native occupants of the desert regions of southern California.

Basket Designs of the Mission Indians of California
By Kroeber, A.L.; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-017-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-017-0

This reprint of the American Museum of Natural History Anthropology Papers Vol. XX Part II has a new preface by Dr. Robert F. Heizer, and includes photos of baskets never hitherto published.

Bibliography of the Chumash and their Predecessors
By Anderson Jr., Eugene N.; Ballena Press, 1978. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-076-0; ISBN13 978-0-87919-076-7

This is part of the Ballena Press Anthropological Papers (no. 11), and is a bibliography of the Chumash Indians of Coastal Southern California.

Bibliography of the Diegueno Indians
By Almstedt, Ruth F.; Ballena Press, 1974. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-034-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-034-7

More than 430 titles are listed on the Diegueno Indians of Southern and Baja California.

Bitterness Road
By Sherer, Lorraine M.; Ballena Press, 1994. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-128-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-128-3

The Mojave, though a people who welcomed visitors as long as the visitors posed no apparent threat to them and did no damage, successfully defended themselves when the Spaniards, the fur traders, the explorers, and the emigrants destroyed their crops, vandalized their building materials, and in other ways imposed on their hospitality. Their defensive measures repeatedly won them long periods of peace and sovereignty, but they were finally overwhelmed and lost their autonomy in 1860 when the United States Army, its guns, and its seagoing ships arrived.

What stands out in the final tragic episodes that preceded and very shortly followed the establishment of Fort Mojave at the site of the Mojave Villages is the courage of the young Mojaves who volunteered as hostages in place of their elders, and Chief Cairook’s sacrifice of his own life in order that the young Mojaves might escape.

This history of the interactions between explorers and other expeditions with the Mojave from 1604 to 1860 was left as an incomplete manuscript in the UCLA archives by the late Lorraine Sherer, who had worked closely with the late Francis Stillman. It was completed and edited by Sylvia Brakke Vane and Lowell John Bean with assistance from Stillman, a Mojave elder. Lorraine Sherer and Frances Stillman, finding that the story of the Mojave’s loss of autonomy after many years of successfully defending their freedom had rarely been accurately told, have here tried to set the record straight, using first person reports and Mojave oral history as their sources.

Bob Lee’s Guide to Lost Mines and Buried Treasure of San Diego County
By Lee, Bob; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-018-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-018-7

Stories of lost mines and buried treasure handed down through the years in San Diego County. Bob Lee was a well-known TV producer in Southern California, and has produced and introduced programs on local TV stations entitled “Outdoor World,” “Passport to Adventure,” and “Open Road.”

Bob Lee’s Guide to Recommended Campgrounds of San Diego County
By Lee, Bob; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-019-1; ISBN13 978-0-87919-019-4

This booklet gives details of specific campgrounds recommended by Bob Lee in San Diego County, with photos and maps. Bob Lee was a well-known TV producer in Southern California, and has produced and introduced programs on local TV stations entitled “Outdoor World,” “Passport to Adventure,” and “Open Road.”

Buenos Dias, Tijuana
By Summers, June Nay; Ballena Press, 1975. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-042-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-042-2

Biography of the Border Town of Tijuana, Mexico, just south of San Diego, CA. Described from the Indian village of Ti-Wan prior to the arrival of the Spanish missionaries in 1769, to the present day.

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The Cahuilla Indians
By James, Henry; Malki Museum Press, 1995. Paperback.
Paperback: ISBN 0939046067; ISBN13 978-0939046065
Harcover: ISBN 0939046075; ISBN13 978-0939046072

This well-written classic gives a thorough introduction to the Cahuilla people of the mountains and desert landscapes of Inland Southern California.

The Cahuilla Indians of the Colorado Desert: Ethnohistory and Prehistory
By Wilke, P.; Lawton, H.; King, T.; & Hammond, S.; Ballena Press, 1975. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-044-2; ISBN13 978-0-87919-044-6

Part 1: Early observations on the cultural geography of Coachella Valley. Part 2: Aboriginal Occupation at Tahquitz Canyon (ethnohistory and archaeology). This volume will be of importance to scholars and laymen interested in California Indians, the Native occupants of Coachella Valley, the historical value of oral tradition, and the early history of the Colorado Desert.

The Cahuilla Landscape: the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains
By Bean & Vane; Ballena Press, 1991.
Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-120-1; ISBN13 978-0-87919-120-7
Harcover: ISBN 0-87919-121-X; ISBN13 978-0-87919-121-4

Although the focus of this book is on Cahuilla places, their names and significance, it opens with a brief ethnography of the Cahuilla, and summarizes the oral history of the various Cahuilla regions.

Cahuilla Grammar
By Seiler, Hansjakob. Malki Press, 1977. Paperback.
ISBN 0-939046-05-9; ISBN13 978-0-939046-05-8

A scientific grammar of Cahuilla, and a first attempt to present the language in its entirety. The author has endeavored to go beyond a mere presentation of the facts of Cahuilla in working out the essence, i.e., the underlying design of this language. This volume will therefore prove to be of interest not only to specialists in American Indian languages, but also to the student of general linguistics, of anthropology, of language typology and universals, and of the theory of language.

California Calligraphy
By Geiger, Father Maynard; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-005-1; ISBN13 978-0-87919-005-7

This contains signatures of approximately 200 of the people who played a role in California history during the 18th and early 19th centuries with a brief description of who they were and dates of their participation. This printing was a Special Limited Edition of 750 hand-numbered copies. Father Maynard Geiger is Archivist at the Mission Santa Barbara, California.

The California Indians vs. the U.S.A.
By Heizer, Robert F.; Ballena Press, 1979. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-080-9; ISBN13 978-0-87919-080-4

A reference guide to the evidence derived from recorded Indian testimony, that the California Indians did in fact possess, use, and defend their tribal territories since time immemorial. The California Indian Land Claims case lasted for most of the 1950s, being finally settled in favor of the Indians in 1968 by a settlement of 29 million dollars which figured out to 47 cents per acre.

California Indian History: A Classified and Annotated Guide to Source Materials
By Heizer, Nissen, & Castillo; Ballena Press, 1975. Paperback.

The 685 citations are classified under 6 major headings: period of Native history; period of Spanish & Mexican contact; period of Anglo conquest; Aftermath of Conquest; period of Indian Nationalism; and Works written by Indians. Plus a list of source materials -- museum collections, documentary archives, films, pictorial archives, and bibliographies.

The Carver’s Art of the Indians of Northwestern California
By Kelly, Isabel T.; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-008-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-008-8

This book has material on the Yurok, Karok, and Hupa Indians living along the lower Klamath and trinity Rivers, and includes information on horn spoons, mush paddles, elk-horn money boxes, and the relation of carving to basketry designs, etc. It is from the University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology Vol. 24 No. 7.

A Case of Surgical Amputation from Aboriginal Peru
By Rogers, Spencer L.; Ballena Press, 1973.
ISBN 0-87919-031-0; ISBN13 978-0-87919-031-6

No. 11 in the San Diego Museum of Man Ethnic Technology Notes; no other description.

Census of 1790
By Mason, William Marvin; Ballena Press, 1998.
Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-138-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-138-2
Hardcover: ISBN 0-87919-137-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-137-5

“William ‘Bill’ Mason is a pioneer in documenting the origins of California. The Census of 1790 offers data that refute the long-held myth of Spanish purity in the social and cultural roots of our state. It will serve as a valuable resource and guide for scholars, students, and others interested in California and the west of the 18th century.”
—William Estrada, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

“With this book, Bill Mason, long respected by historians and archaeologists in southern California as a historical resource in his own right, shares his broad knowledge and meticulous research findings with a broader audience. Mason’s synthesis, in which he discusses incentives to migration, identity, and demographics of the new population, and the lasting implications for today’s cultural landscape, is a major contribution to our understanding of the history of both Mexico and California.”
—Roberta S. Greenwood, Archeologist, Greenwood and Associates

The Chemehuevis
By Laird, Carobeth; Malki Press, 1976. Hardcover.
ISBN 0-939046-10-5; ISBN13 978-0-939046-10-2

With the publication of Encounter with an Angry God, Carobeth Laird established herself firmly with literary critics and lay readers alike as a writer of exceptional power, even genius. With the publication of The Chemehuevis, Mrs. Laird comes into her own as a scholar of rare insight and sensitivity. The Chemehuevis is a landmark inquiry into the soul of a people, using the key of their complex, poetic, witty language, rendered into a literary presentation of the highest order.

The Chemehuevis is the first book-length study of the culture, world view, language, and oral literature of one of the least-known of Southern California Indian tribes. Mrs. Laird was for many years married to a Chemehuevi tribesman, George Laird, who was born in 1871. When George Laird was growing up the old culture was dying off but far from dead. In his youth, he ran with the Chemehuevi Runners, attended Mourning Ceremonies, danced the Ghost Dance and joined in the old hereditary songs, and heard the ancient dialect of the High Chiefs. His life spanned a thousand years and more of human development from the end of the Stone Age to the beginning of the Atomic. “This, then, is very much George Laird’s book,” writes Mrs. Laird, since through her recording of his memories “virtually all the information it contains was furnished by him.”

The book should appeal not only to scholars but to the general reader with an interest in Indian subjects, mythology, and finely-wrought prose. For the student, there is a massive body of never-before published material on kinship, religion, linguistics, geography, and the details of Chemehuevi material culture. For the lay reader, there are excursions into the thought and mythical world of a vigorous and ironical people whose sense of humor brought perspective to the mysteries and hardship of life they faced.

Chem’ivillu’ (Let’s Speak Cahuilla)
By Sauvel, Katherine Siva and Pamela Munro; American Indian Studies Center UCLA & Malki Press, 1981. Paperback.
ISBN 0-935626-08-5; ISBN13 978-0-935626-08-7

Cahuilla is a language of the Takic branch of the Uto-Aztecan family of American Indian languages, spoken on several reservations in Southern California, mostly in Riverside County. Chem’ivillu’ is the first textbook developed for those who want to learn Cahuilla as a second language. It is also the first book devoted entirely to the Mountain dialect of Cahuilla, which is spoken by Katherine Siva Sauvel and others on the Morongo Indian Reservation in Banning, Ca.

The present version of the book is revised from Cahuilla lessons prepared by a group of graduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles, during the fall of 1977, under the direction of Pamela Munro and Katherine Siva Sauvel.

Chumash Archery Equipment
By Hudson, Dee T.; Ballena Press, 1975. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-039-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-039-2

This paper (No.13 in the San Diego Museum of Man Ethnic Technology Notes) fills an important need in supplying a carefully prepared and analytical report on the archery traits of the Chumash territory around Santa Barbara, California. The author has devised a detailed regimen for analysis of arrow characteristics with reference to their construction and regional variation. The data is presented in a manner convenient for study of the specific region and for comparison.

The Chumash Canoe
By Richie, C.F. and R. A. Hager; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-029-9; ISBN13 978-0-87919-029-3

No. 8 in the San Diego Museum of Man Ethnic Technology Notes, this describes the plank canoes used by the Chumash Indians of Southern California.

Chumash Fishing Equipment
By Hoover, Robert L.; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-028-0; ISBN13 978-0-87919-028-6

No. 9 in the San Diego Museum of Man Ethnic Technology Notes, this contains descriptions of the fishing equipment used by the Chumash Indians of Southern California.

Chumash Wooden Bowls, Trays, and Boxes
By Hudson, Dee Travis; Ballena Press, 1978. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-073-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-073-6

No. 13 in the San Diego Museum Papers, this booklet discusses wooden bowls, trays, and boxes of one of California’s most important aboriginal culture groups—the Chumash Indians.

Crystals in the Sky: An Intellectual Odyssey
By Hudson & Underhay; Ballena Press, 1978. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-074-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-074-3

The authors have pieced together data including the unpublished ethnographic notes of John P. Harrington, archaeological excavations and sites, rock art motifs, comparative ethnographies, and modern astronomy. The authors have drawn from a variety of sources to reconstruct the elaborate cosmological beliefs and astronomical knowledge of the Chumash, who were a complex group of hunting and gathering peoples in southern California.

A Collection of Ethnographical Articles on the California Indians
Edited by Robert F. Heizer; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-062-0; ISBN13 978-0-87919-062-0

This gathering together of a score of accounts of California Indians and their cultural practices is intended to be a service to students today who do not have access to libraries containing a variety of journals such as are held by the University Library at Berkeley, from which these selections are drawn. The articles, from various magazines in the late 1800s and early 1900s, are divided into three sections on a rough geographical basis – Northwest California, Central California, and Southern California. No. 7 in the Ballena Press Publications in Archaeology, Ethnology, and History.

The Culture of the Luiseno Indians
By Sparkman, Philip Stedman; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-010-8; ISBN13 978-0-87919-010-1

An authoritative study of a southern California tribe of present San Diego County, and written at a time when some of the primitive ways were still being practiced or were at least remembered. Sparkman was an Englishman who had a General Store where the Luiseno Indians came to trade. This is a reprint of the University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology Vol. 8 No.4.

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Diegueno Curing Practices
By Almstedt, Ruth Farrrell; Ballena Press, 1977. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-065-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-065-1

No. 10 in the San Diego Museum Papers, this is a study in the healing ways of the Diegueno Indians of Southern California. It includes a thorough list of plants used in healing, together with a current botanical identification. This is an important contribution to the ethnography of Southern California and literature of primitive medicine.

Drawn from Life: California Indians in Pen and Brush
By Kroeber, T.; Elsasser, A.; and Heizer, R.; Ballena Press, 1977. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-068-X; ISBN13 978-0-87919-068-2

Here for the first time are collected as many drawings and paintings of California Indians as the authors' search could discover, and constituting most of those presently extant and available for reproduction. The text by Theodora Kroeber (well known as the author of ISHI) provides the background to the pictures. The documentation and notes at the end provide historical, ethnographic, and biographical commentary.

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Early Lithic Industries of the Lower Basin of the Colorado River and Adjacent Desert Areas
By Rogers, Malcolm J.; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-024-8; ISBN13 978-0-87919-024-8

Malpais, playa, pinto-gypsum, and amargosa industries of southern California, western Arizona, Baja California, and southern Nevada. Gravel pictographs, slate jewelry, knives, scrapers, dart points, etc. This No. 3 in the San Diego Museum Papers includes many illustrations of artifacts.

Early Days: Memoirs
By Jenkins, Olaf P.; Ballena Press, 1975. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-046-9; ISBN13 978-0-87919-046-0

This is an autobiography of the geologist who, after taking over the nearly decadent bureau of California Division of Mines transformed it into a full-fledged scientific survey known throughout the world by its fine reports and maps on the geology of California. The Early Days describes his formative years.

Elizabethan California
By Heizer, Robert F.; Ballena Press, 19975. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-043-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-043-9

A replica of the English galleon, "The Golden Hinde" commanded by Sir Francis Drake on a round the world journey almost 400 years ago, will berth in San Francisco in early 1975. This book discusses the problem of long popular historical interest, as to the exact location of the anchorage on the California coast where Drake spent 5 weeks in 1579 reconditioning his ship. The several "Drake Plates" found, or said to have been found, are also discussed.

Encounter with an Angry God
By Laird, Carobeth; Malki Press, hardcover, 1975. Hardcover.
ISBN 0-939046-15-6; ISBN13 978-0-939046-15-7

John Peabody Harrington was a man driven by genius and totally obsessed with the idea that time was running out for the American Indian—so much so that he eventually gave up all social life, believing that time thus wasted was at the cost of his work as field ethnologist for the Bureau of American Ethnology. During his lifetime, he collected literally tons of data on almost every Indian tribe on the North American Continent, filling whole warehouses with materials that today are being explored by more than a score of scholars.

It was in a summer class in linguistics in 1915 that Carobeth Laird first met Harrington, handsome, commanding in presence, sun-tanned from the field. For a young girl, already fascinated by scholarship, he seemed a romantic and dashing personality. She married Harrington and for the next six years served as his assistant, traveling with him to wherever dispossessed Indian groups had been herded onto reservations, seeking out old men and women who remembered how life had been before the coming of white men. Encounter with an Angry God is in one sense a token chronicle of what it meant to be an anthropologist in the early decades of the twentieth century. It is also a sensitive and unsparing account of that strange and legendary figure who was John Peabody Harrington. Even more it is an exciting and compelling love story—dealing with the curious triangle that developed when a Chemehuevi informant—George Laird—entered the lives of Harrington and the young wife he drove as ruthlessly as he did himself.

“Carobeth Laird’s story of how she married the Genius Anthropologist John Peabody Harrington and then left him for one of the natives he was studying manages to be at once tender and ruthless—ruthlessly funny—and to offer an amazing slice of American life.”
—Tom Wolfe, author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, etc.

Ethno-Botany of the Coahuilla Indians of Southern California
By Barrows, David Prescott; Malki Press, 1967. Hardcover.
ISBN 0-939046-16-4; ISBN13 978-0-939046-16-4

“Since this landmark work became available, ethnographers have recognized their responsibility to collect from other tribes the sorts of data that Barrows presented. Although the formal study of ethnography has progressed since Barrows’ time, his monograph retains its significance as a basic source of information. He studied the subject early enough to be able to use informants who knew the plants they spoke of, not through stories of elders on how it was done in the old days, but as what had been the base of their own livelihoods. What Burrows learned preserves a unique portion of man’s experience in the Southern California environment.”
—Homer Aschmann, professor of Geography, University of California, Riverside.

“He studied the Cahuilla in the frame of their own culture, not with the social concepts of quite another society. He never judged whether one or another custom or tradition was ‘good’ or ‘bad’ nor did he even entertain such judgments by implication. He understood that what is ‘good’ for one culture would well be ‘bad’ for the people of another. The Ethno-Botany of Barrows might well be a manual of objectivity for all historians, anthropologists, and ethnologists. The re-issue of this classic makes available once again a work of enormous importance in the history of the American Indian. To the Cahuilla Indians, the Ethno-Botany is a masterpiece of scientific literature.”
—Rupert Costo, president of the American Indian Historical Society

“During his career at Pomona College, as president of the University of California, and up until the time of his death, Barrows retained nostalgic memories of his days in the field collecting material for his ethno-botany. In spite of the scientific nature of this book, no one can read far into it without appreciating the deep affection he felt for the Cahuilla people and his appreciation of their intelligence and character. [There were] many old Cahuilla who remember Barrows with similar affection and respect. Many of them have said to me: ‘Our parents and our grandparents told him everything he wanted to know. He understood us as few white men ever had.’ In spite of changes in botanical terminology and classification, Barrows’ Ethno-Botany remains one of the most significant books that have been written about the Indians of Southern California.”
—Harry C. James, author of The Cahuilla Indians

Ethnography of the Cahuilla Indians
By Kroeber, A. L.; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-016-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-016-3

Basketry, pottery, etc. of the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California—one of the largest surviving tribes of that area.

The Expedition of Captain J. W. Davidson from Fort Tejon to the Owens Valley in 1859
By Wilke, P. & Lawton, H.; Ballena Press, 1977. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-064-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-064-4

Davidson commanded a punitive expedition of U. S. Calvary to recover livestock stolen from ranches in Southern California and purportedly driven by Paiute Indians to this valley east of the Sierras. Davidson's report is the earliest detailed ethnographical observation on the Owens Valley Paiute. This volume contains an introductory essay, photos of scenes along the route, and extensive explanatory notes. Of interest to those who enjoy western military history, California history, and California and Great Basin ethnography.

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Federal Concern About Conditions of California Indians 1853-1913: Eight Documents
By Heizer, Robert F.; Ballena Press, 1979. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-084-1; ISBN13 978-0-87919-084-2

This selection of documentary records has been made to illustrate some aspects of federal attempts to help the 100,000 Native Californians living in the State at the time of the gold discovery in early 1848.

Flowers of the Wind: Papers on Ritual, Myth, and Symbolism in California and the Southwest
By Blackburn, Thomas C., ed.; Ballena Press, 1977. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-066-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-066-8

A collection of papers on American Indian Ritual, Myth, and Symbolism in California and the Southwest.

Four Rock Art Studies
By Clewlow Jr., C. William; editor; Ballena Press, 1978. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-072-8; ISBN13 978-0-87919-072-9

Four articles on petroglyphs, prehistoric cave art, shamans, and rock art symbols and the manufacture of petroglyphs all in the Great Basin area of California and Nevada.

From Fire to Flood: Historic Human Destruction of Sonoran Desert Riverline Oases
By Dobyns, Henry F.; Ballena Press, 1981. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-092-2; ISBN13 978-0-87919-092-7

Recommended to anyone whose activities might lead directly or indirectly to modifications in the physical environment.

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The Geology and Natural History of the Peninsula of Lower California
By Merrill, George P.; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-011-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-011-8

This scholarly report is the result of a trip to Baja California during the summer of 1892, and it was originally published in 1894. This reprint was limited to 500 copies. George Merrill was the Curator of the Department of Geology at the U. S. National Museum.

Great Basin Atlatl Studies
By Heizer, Robert F.; Ballena Press, 1974. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-036-1; ISBN13 978-0-87919-036-1

Four papers dealing with the atlatl or dart thrower from prehistoric archaeological sites in the Great Basin (from the Ballena Press Publications in Archaeology, Ethnology, and History No. 2). This is the projectile weapon which was in use before the bow over most of the New World.

Great Basin Projectile Points: Forms and Chronology
By Heizer & Hester; Ballena Press, 1978. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-075-2; ISBN13 978-0-87919-075-0

Sites and radiocarbon age-dates for 19 main point types covering the last 10,000 years found in the Great Basin area of Eastern California and Western Nevada. From the Ballena Press Publications in Archaeology, Ethnology, and History No. 10.

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A Historical, Political, and Natural Description of California
By Fages, Pedro; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-013-2; ISBN13 978-0-87919-013-2

Written for the Viceroy in 1775, this is one of the earliest descriptions of California. This edition includes one foldout map, and was translated by Herbert Ingram Priestley.

The History of Ramona, California and Environs
By O'Neal, Lulu R.; Ballena Press, 1975. No ISBN available.

This contains not just information of the early pioneers, but details of the way of life of the Indians. There is also a discussion of the Mission Period, Secularization and Land Grants, the Army of the West 1846, the Whipple Reconnaissance 1849, the Mexican Boundary, and Railroad surveys in the way they touched on Ramona, San Diego County. A chapter on the geology of the area includes information on the local gem stone mines.

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Indian Names for Plants and Animals Among Californian and Other Western North American Tribes
By Merriam, C. Hart & Heizer, Robert F.; Ballena Press, 1979. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-0085-X

A standard reference source for all California ethnographers.

Insects as Food: Aboriginal Entomophagy in the Great Basin
By Sutton, Mark Q.; Ballena Press, 1988. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-144-7

This book presents ethnographic and archaeological data on the aboriginal use of insects as food by various groups in the Great Basin area.

An Introduction to the Luiseno Language
By Hyde, Villiana; Malki Press, 1971. Paperback.
ISBN 0-939046-18-0; ISBN13 978-0-939046-18-8

An Introduction to the Luiseno Language is a grammar of a Southern California Indian language written so clearly and simply that even the general reader can follow its lesson plans step-by-step without special training in linguistics. For the linguist and anthropologist, this work is an ideal textbook for acquainting undergraduate students with a non-Indo-European language. At a time when many Indian young people are acquiring a renewed appreciation of the beauty of their ancestral languages, this book also offers an opportunity for members of the Luiseno community to acquire renewed proficiency in or to learn their native tongue.

Mrs. Villiana Hyde, the author, is a member of Rincon Reservation in San Diego County, California. She has served as a language consultant for the Department of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego. Her book was prepared in collaboration with graduate students of a language analysis class conducted in the spring of 1970. Assisting Mrs. Hyde in editing the grammar was Dr. Ronald Langaker, associate professor of linguistics, University of Ca, San Diego.

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John Peabody Harrington: The Man and His California Indian Fieldnotes
By Walsh, Jane MacLaren; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-061-2; ISBN13 978-0-87919-061-3

He was a maverick among anthropologists, and a man of unique talents whose work is finally receiving broader appreciation. By 1961, when John Harrington died, he had devoted over 50 years to tireless field work encompassing all areas of anthropology. Despite Harrington's personal peculiarities, of which there were many, he compiled a vast amount of data, most of which remains unpublished. This book sheds new light on the personality and work of this brilliant man.

Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, Vol. 24, Issue 1
30th Anniversay Issue

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Karuk Indian Myths
By Harrington, John P.; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-015-9; ISBN13 978-0-87919-015-6

The Karuk are an Indian tribe of Northwestern California. The myths are in both English and Karuk languages, with a phonetic key and intro by John P. Harrington. From the Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 107 (1932).

Klamath Basin Petroglyphs
By Swarz Jr., B. K.; Ballena Press, 1979. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-078-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-078-1

A study of Native American petroglyphs in the northeast corner of California.

Kumeyay Pottery
By Van Camp, Gena R.; Ballena Press, 1979. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-086-8; ISBN13 978-0-87919-086-6

A long-overdue review of Southern California ceramic wares, with special emphasis on the pottery of the Kumeyay (also known as the Diegueno).

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Let’s Talk ‘IIPAY AA: An Introduction to the Mesa Grande Diegueno Language
By Couro, Ted and Margaret Langdon; Malki Press, 1975. Paperback.
ISBN 0-939046-19-9; ISBN13 978-0-939046-19-5

Let’s Talk ‘IIPAY AA is a non-technical introduction to the Diegueno language, the major native language of San Diego County and northern Baja California. The book describes specifically the dialect of Mesa Grande, but much of what it covers will be valid for most other dialects. It embodies the content of several years of language classes taught by Ted Couro and is based on some ten years of linguistic research. It is presented in the form of lessons containing grammatical expressions, sample sentences, and comic strips. There are also stories, songs, and poems. It is ideally suited for a one year college language course, but can be adapted for less intensive study as well. It can either be used by itself or in conjunction with its companion volume Dictionary of Mesa Grande Diegueno by Ted Couro and Christina Hutcheson (Malki Museum Press, 1973).

Life is With People
By Knack, Martha C.; Ballena Press, 1980. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-091-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-091-0

As a description of a modern, off-reservation of Great Basin Indians facing massive social, political, and economic changes, this volume adds significantly to the literature of social organization and culture change. It describes the household organization of the contemporary southern Paiute Indians. Rarely do we find a study that so thoroughly analyzes the causes of change in family structure and family values in response to social conditions.

The Lushootseed Salish Journey to the Land of the Dead
By Miller, Jay; Ballena Press, 1988.
Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-112-0; ISBN13 978-0-87919-112-2 Hardcover: ISBN 0-87919-113-9; ISBN13 978-0-87919-113-9

An analysis of a shamanic “journey to the land of the dead” by Northwest Coast Salish Indians, this is No. 32 in the Ballena Press Anthropological papers.

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Marine Archaeology along the Southern California Coast
By Hudson, Dee Travis; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-056-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-056-9

Since the development of modern diving methods, with their flexibility and freedom from heavy entangling lines, under water archaeology has been of growing interest to amateurs and professionals alike. This paper reviews the status of such archaeological research from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Data pertaining to the form and conditions of recovery of artifacts and theories as to the reasons for deposition of implements in underwater locations are discussed. No. 9 in the San Diego Museum Papers; Dr. Travis Hudson is Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

The Material Culture of the Chumash Interaction Sphere Vols. 1-5
By Hudson, Travis & Thomas Blackburn; Ballena Press, 1982, 83, 85, 86, 87. Paperback & Hardcover.
Vol. 1 Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-097-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-097-2 Hardcover: ISBN 0-87919-099-X; ISBN13 978-0-87919-099-6
Vol. 2 Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-102-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-102-3 Hardcover: ISBN 0-87919-103-1; ISBN13 978-0-87919-103-0
Vol. 3 Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-104-X; ISBN13 978-0-87919-104-7 Hardcover: ISBN 0-87919-105-8; ISBN13 978-0-87919-105-4
Vol. 4 Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-107-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-107-8 Hardcover: ISBN 0-87919-108-4; ISBN 13 unavailable
Vol. 5 Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-109-0; ISBN13 978-0-87919-109-2 Hardcover: ISNB 087919-110-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-110-8

A five volume series describing the material culture of the Chumash (who lived in the Santa Barbara vicinity) and other California Indian groups, based largely on the previously unpublished notes of John Peabody Harrington. Vol.1: Food Procurement and Transportation; Vo. 2: Food Preparation and Shelter; Vol. 3: Clothing, Ornamentation, and Grooming; Vol. 4: Ceremonial Paraphernalia, Games, and Amusements; Vol.5: Manufacturing Processes, Metrology, and Trade.

Maya Anthropomorphic Figurines from Jaina Island, Campeche
By Corson, Christopher; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-053-1; ISBN13 978-0-87919-053-8

This is the first study to attempt a microscopic scrutiny of Jaina ceramic sculpture, and to present detailed descriptions of the major stylistic trends developed over the four centuries during which burials were made on the island, off the coast of Mexico. The detailed descriptions and the 134 photos will make this work attractive to art collectors, museums, archeologists, and all those interested in the Maya and in their art. It is part of the Ballena Press Studies in Mesoamerican Art, Archaeology, and Ethnohistory No. 1.

Mines and Quarries of the Indians of California
By Heizer, Robert F. and Adan E. Treganza; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-006-X; ISBN13 978-0-87919-006-4

This book discusses the Indian as mineralogist and chemist, as geologist and prospector and also mining methods and tools. It includes descriptions of mine and quarry sites with maps, and a comparison of California and North American aboriginal mining.

Mission San Antonio de Padua: the Mission in the Sierras
By Engelhardt, Father Zephyrin; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-002-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-002-6

This is the first reprint of the history of the Mission San Antonio in Monterey County, California. Father Engelhardt has been long considered to have written the definitive histories of each of the Franciscan missions of California. It includes black and white photos and etchings.

Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Carmelo) The Father of the Missions
By Engelhardt, Father Zephyrin; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-004-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-004-0

This is the first reprint of the history of the Missions at Carmel, California. Father Engelhardt has been long considered to have written the definitive histories of each of the Franciscan missions of California. It includes black and white photos and etchings.

Moreno Letters from Baja California, 1852-1869
Translated, compiled, and edited by: Long, Robert and Helen; Ballena Press, 1974. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-032-9; ISBN13 978-0-87919-032-3

This book contains the correspondence between Jose Matias Moreno, Jefe Politicio de la Frontera, Baja California and his wife, Prudencia Vallejo Lopez de Moreno.

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Narrative of the Adventures & Sufferings of John R. Jewitt While Held as a Captive of the Nootka Indians of Vancouver Island 1803-1805
By Heizer, Robert F., ed.; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-050-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-050-7

There are about 200 captivity narratives written by whites who were captured and held by American Indians. One of the most interesting of these is the story of John R. Jewitt who was rescued in 1805 after over two years of slavery. As a true adventure yarn it is hard to beat. Jewitt was held by real Indians, and after the reader has finished this book he will know what that statement means.

New Uses of Systems Theory in Archaeology
By Stickel, Gary E., ed.; Ballena Press, 1982. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-096-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-096-5

Five separate papers on the application of systems theory to the interpretation of archaeological data.

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The Obsidian of Tres Zapotes, Veracruz, Mexico…
By Heizer, Robert F.; Ballena Press, 1978. No ISBN available.

Obsidian of Tres Zapotes, Veracruz, Mexico; obsidian artifacts from the site of Papalhuapa Guatemala; Trace element analysis of obsidian from the site of Cholula Mexico; Geologic Sources of archaeological obsidian from sites in Northern and Central Veracruz, Mexico.

Original Accounts of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island
By Heizer, Robert F. and Albert B. Elsasser; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-020-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-020-0

Accounts of an Indian woman who was marooned on an island off the coast of California entirely alone for 18 years from reports of a University of California Archaeology survey (no. 55).

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Palomar – Tepee to Telescope
By Wood, Catherine M.; Ballena Pres, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-025-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-025-5

This tells of the early history and legends of Palomar Mountain, San Diego County from the time of the Indians to the world famous telescope.

Patterns of Indian Burning in California: Ecology and Ethnohistory
By Lewis, Henry T.; Bean, Lowell ed.; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-026-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-026-2

First in a new series of anthropological papers is timely in its interest in ecology and the controversy of controlled burning in California versus use of herbicides in controlling the brush—a persistent fire hazard.

The People Cabrillo Met
By Pourade, Alvarez, Rogers, & Rouillard; Ballena Press. Paperback
ISBN 0-87919-059-0; ISBN13 978-0-87919-059-0

Publication of papers given at the third annual seminar of the Cabrillo Historical Association as part of the Cabrillo Festival to commemorate the 433rd anniversary of the Sept. 28, 1542 landing of Cabrillo at the present site of San Diego, CA. Discusses the lifestyle of the Diegueno Indians of San Diego County, and their fate as a result of this historic landing.

Peopling of the New World
By Ericson, Jonathon E.; Taylor, R. E.; Berger, Rainer editors; Ballena Press, 1982. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-095-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-095-8

Eighteen papers represent both sides of key controversies on the question of when humans first peopled the Americas, presenting evidence for lifestyle and behavior not heretofore discussed: use of boats, burial practices, resource utilization, stability of settlement. The volume includes up-to-date information about the Asian cultures from which the earliest Americans probably sprang, geological information about the Pleistocene geography of the northern hemisphere, and information on the earliest known American sites from the Aleutians to the highlands of Ecuador. The concluding chapter by Richard S. MacNeish places the various papers in perspective.

The Pit-and-Groove Petroglyph Style in Southern California
By Rogers, Spencer L.; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-051-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-051-4

The fact that pit-and-groove Petroglyphs are found in the living areas rather than in more remote localities as is the case with most of the more elaborate pictographs and petroglyphs, has created some interesting questions as to their significance. The author has assembled data on the greater number of recorded specimens of this Petroglyph form in southern California. He presents evidence and suggests answers to varied speculations in No. 15 of the San Diego Museum of Man Ethnic Technology Notes.

Plants Used in Basketry by the California Indians
By Merrill, Ruth Earl; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-009-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-009-5

This booklet covers the materials used, preparation, technique, patterns, colors, waterproofing, traditions, etc. It is from the University of California Publications in Archaeology and Ethnology Vo. 20 No.13.

The Portable Cosmos: Effigies, Ornaments, and Incised Stone from the Chumash Area
By Lee, Georgia; Ballena Press, 1981. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-093-0; ISBN13 978-0-87919-093-4

Portable art of the Chumash Indians of Southern California (effigies, ornaments, bowls, baskets, etc). No. 21 of the Ballena Press Anthropological Papers.

Pottery of the Southwestern Indians
By Goddard, Pliny Earle; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-007-8; ISBN13 978-0-87919-007-1

This booklet contains material from an American Museum of Natural History Guide Leaflet on the methods of making and ornamenting pottery and how to identify local varieties—Mesa Verde, Chaco Canon, Kayenta, Tularosa, Mimbres, Rio Grande, etc.

Prehistoric Agricultural Development in the Northern Southwest
By Glassow, Michael A.; Ballena Press, 1980. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-087-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-087-3

A study in changing patterns of land use in northern Arizona and New Mexico and southern Utah and Colorado with relation to prehistoric cultural developments in that area. No. 16 of the Ballena Press Anthropological Papers.

Prehistoric Rock Art of California
By Heizer, Robert F. & Clewlow, Jr., C. W.; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-023-X; ISBN13 978-0-87919-023-1

A complete survey of California Indian Rock Art, which the authors had worked on for 25 years.

The Prehistory of Surprise Valley By O'Connell, James F.; Bean, Lowell editor; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-052-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-052-1

This work presents the results of an investigation of the prehistory of Surprise Valley, northeastern CA, undertaken by the Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley, from 1966-69.

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A Rabbitskin Blanket from San Diego County
By Hedges, Ken; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-030-2; ISBN13 978-0-87919-030-9

This paper is No. 10 in the San Diego Museum of Man Ethnic Technology Notes, and describes a rabbitskin blanket of the Southern Diegueno Indians, with discussion of distribution and antiquity of other blankets.

Report of an archaeological Reconnaissance in the Mojave Sink Region
By Rogers, Malcolm J.; Ballena Press, 1974. Paperback
ISBN 0-87919-035-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-035-4

This is Vol.1 No.1 in the San Diego Museum Archaeology Paper series, and is a report of the exploration of Indian Turquoise mines in San Bernardino County, CA.

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San Fernando Rey: The Mission of the Valley
By Engelhardt, Father Zephyrin; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-003-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-003-3

This is the first reprint of the history of Mission San Fernando Rey, in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, California. Father Engelhardt has been long considered to have written the definitive histories of each of the Franciscan missions of California.

San Miguel Arcangel: The Mission on the Highway
By Engelhardt, Father Zephyrin; Ballena Press, 1971. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-001-9; ISBN13 978-0-87919-001-9

This is the first reprint of the history of Mission San Miguel in San Luis Obispo, Ca. Father Engelhardt has been long considered to have written the definitive histories of each of the Franciscan missions of California.

San Pasqual: A Crack in the Hills
By Peet, Mary Rockwood; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-023-X; ISBN13 978-0-87919-023-1

A history of the San Pasqual Valley, San Diego County, from Indian legends through pioneer days to the present time. The Battle of San Pasqual was the bloodiest encounter ever fought on California soil, and occurred on Dec. 6, 1846 during the War with Mexico. This is a reprint of the 1949 first edition with up to date chapters added by the author, who was born in 1879 and lived in the San Pasqual Valley for 61 years.

Seasons of the Kachina: Proceedings of the California State University, Hayward Conferences on the Western Pueblos
By Bean, John Lowell; Malki Press, 1989.
Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-114-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-114-6
Hardcover: ISBN 0-87919-115-5; ISBN13 978-0-87919-115-3

This collection of nine papers dealing with Anasazi, Hopi, and Zuni societies, discusses not only the meanings and functions of the Kachina, but also the broader aspects of the cultures. Essays discuss Hopi weaving, Zuni pottery, prehistory, Great Basin similarities, architecture, and U. S. policy.

Selected Papers from the 14th Great Basin Anthropological Conference
By Uohy, Donald R. editor; Ballena Press, 1978. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-077-9; ISBN13 978-0-87919-077-4

Eight papers on the Great Basin area of Eastern CA and Western Nevada with four major subjects covered: physical anthropology, culture contact, archaeology, and linguistics. No. 11 in the Ballena Press Publications in Archaeology, Ethnology, and History.

Seven Rock Art Sites in Baja California
By Meighan, Clement & Pontoni, V. L., editors; Ballena Press, 1979. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-081-7; ISBN13 978-0-87919-081-1

The first detailed publication of these 7 rock art sites in Baja California. No. 2 in the Ballena Press Publications in North American Rock Art.

The Shoshoni Indians of Inyo County, Ca.
By Irwin, Charles, N.; Ballena Press, 1980. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-090-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-090-3

Sections on plant collecting and hunting; politics, ritual and war; folklore; culture contact; and a vocabulary list.

Some Last Century Accounts of the Indians of Southern California
By Heizer, Robert F.; Ballena Press, paperback, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-057-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-057-6

This contains seventeen recondite and long-out-of-print articles or federal reports published between 1857-1907 on the Luiseno, Diegueno, and Cahuilla tribes of southern CA. These are all based on firsthand observation and are valuable as incidental record of acculturation and efforts of Native Californians to maintain some of their customary habits and religious ceremonies. There comes through these accounts an impression of the cruel disruption of the lives of whole nations (i.e. tribes) and an indomitable will to survive in what had become an alien world.

Sources of Stones Used in Prehistoric Mesoamerican Sites
By Heizer; Ballena Press, 1976. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-060-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-060-6

Six papers from 1965 address the question of the sources of the stones used by the Olmecs of the lowland coastal plain of Mexico to carve their colossal stone sculptures found at such sites as Mitla, Monte Alban, Teotihuacan.

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They were Only Diggers
By Heizer, Robert F. (assembled and edited by); Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-027-2; ISBN13 978-0-87919-027-9

A collection of articles from California newspapers from 1851-1866 on Indian and White relations.

Time's Flotsam: Overseas Collections of California Indian Material Culture
By Blackburn, Thomas C.; Ballena Press, 1990.
Paperback: ISBN 0-87919-116-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-116-0
Hardback: ISBN 0-87919-117-1; ISBN13 978-0-87919-117-7

This contains a listing of artifacts of Native Californian manufacture that are now found in museums in countries other than the U. S. and a discussion and data on how and when they were collected.

Tomol: Chumash Watercraft as Described in the Ethnographic Notes of John P. Harrington
By Hudson, Travis; Janice Timbrook, and Melissa Rempe; Ballena Press, 1978. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-069-8; ISBN13 978-0-87919-069-9

No. 9 in Ballena Press Anthropological Papers, with Lowell John Bean and Thomas C. Blackburn as editors of the series. John Harrington devoted years of study to the crowning technological achievement of southern California’s Chumash Indians—the famous plank canoe of the Santa Barbara channel. The memories of Harrington’s aged Indian informants were rigorously tested in an unusual way when a full-sized replica of a plank canoe was experimentally constructed and then successfully taken to sea by a crew composed of native Californians of Chumash descent. The colorful language and rich poetic imagery of the Indian informants has been carefully preserved, while the scholarly value has been enhanced by 400 footnotes with supplementary data. This book includes photos, maps, and line drawings.

Trade Routes and Economic Exchange among the Indians of California
By Davis, James T.; Ballena Press, 1975. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-040-X; ISBN13 978-0-87919-040-8

This is the most thorough survey ever written on intertribal trade in aboriginal California. Hundreds of specific items (food and manufactured goods such as beads, baskets, and bows) are listed as having been received from or supplied to neighboring groups. A total of 103 trails over which goods were carried for exchange or sale are mapped. The correspondence of 33 aboriginal trails with modern federal or state highway routes is provided.

Treaty Making and Treaty Rejection by the Federal Government in California 1850-1852
By Anderson, Ellison, & Heizer, editors; Ballena Press, 1978. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-071-X; ISBN13 978-0-87919-071-2

Background and highlights of treaty negotiations and some of what followed after the U. S. Senate refused to ratify the treaties.

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Ukomno'm: The Yuki Indians of Northern California
By Miller, Virginia P.; Ballena Press, 1972. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-083-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-083-5

For possibly the first time the truly horrifying manner in which Native Californians were treated by white settlers has been adequately documented and strongly suggests that large-scale massacres were deliberately planned and that politically prominent persons subscribed to and supported the genocidal policies of the local settlers.

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A Voice in Her Tribe
By Stewart, Irene; Ballena Press, 1980. Paperback.
ISBN-10 0879190884; ISBN-13 978-0879190880

A Navajo Woman’s Own Story


The Wappo: A Report
By Beard, Yolande S.; Malki Press, 1977. Paperback.
ISBN 0-939046-26-1; ISBN13 978-0-939046-26-3

Few of the early explorers or white settlers in the northern part of California took the trouble to investigate the customs or beliefs of the Native Americans who were living there when they arrived. Only when the clash between the two cultures reached a climax did the Indians begin to be mentioned, and then usually in terms that were biased and derogatory. The Wappo of the Napa and Alexander Valleys of Northern California were no exception, although printed references to them are rarer than for many other Indian groups, since white occupation quickly brought them to the edge of extinction.

The events which transformed this handful of friendly, peace-loving people into what the white man regarded as dreaded “wild tribes” are the subject of this shocking account of the virtual extermination of the Wappo people. The Wappo story is brought into focus against a backdrop of familiar local history in agreeable, non-technical prose. The largest section of the book encompasses the social and spiritual life of the Wappo in aboriginal times. The moral concern of the author is evident throughout the text and expanded in a coda in which she presents a reasoned plea to the reader to help preserve the remaining pre-history of the Wappo that is to be found in archaeological sites.

Although directed toward a general and informed readership, the book covers a surprising range of materials and serves as an outstanding introduction to the Wappo for those who may want to pursue further study of the culture of these people.

When Stars Came Down to Earth: Cosmology of the Skidi Pawnee Indians of North America
By Chamberlain, Von Del; Ballena Press, 1982. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-098-1; ISBN13 978-0-87919-098-9

A study in ethnoastronomy describing the elaborate sky theology once existing among the Skidi Pawnee Indians of Nebraska and Kansas by a professional astronomer who has assembled ethnographic data to present the Skidi pantheon of sky powers in relation to the astronomical bodies they would have seen in their skies. It attempts to identify the specific astronomical bodies that may have inspired Skidi beliefs and practices. “Solid scholarship but highly readable and extremely well documented” (Lincoln, Nebraska Sunday Journal and Star, 1983).

With Padre Kino on the Trail
By Lockwood, Frank C.; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-012-4; ISBN13 978-0-87919-012-5

Father Kino was a Jesuit priest and explorer—he was the first one to map northern Sonora and southern Arizona and to discover that California was not an island. This is a reprint of the University of Arizona Social Science Bulletin No. 5 (1934).

Woman, Poet, Scientist: Essays in New World Anthropology Honoring Dr. Emma Louise Davis
By Blackburn, Thomas C., ed.; Ballena Press, 1985. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-106-6; ISBN13 978-0-87919-106-1

A collection of 13 essays put together as a Festschrift honoring Emma Louise Davis, who had a distinguished career in anthropology and archaeology, focusing especially on the early pre-history of the North American West. Essays present varying points of view on the question of when the earliest humans occupied the Americas, the languages they spoke, and their shamanic systems of religion. Introduction by Clark W. Brott.

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Yuman Pottery Making
By Rogers, Malcolm J.; Ballena Press, 1973. Paperback.
ISBN 0-87919-021-3; ISBN13 978-0-87919-021-7

This booklet discusses the pottery making of the American Indians of Southern California, Southern Arizona, and Northern Baja California, and includes photos, diagrams, and maps. It is No.2 in the San Diego Museum Papers.

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