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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Indian and white relations in northern California is a subject that has made little impact on the American historical imagination. Only Theodora Kroeber's lshi in Two Worlds, a book that derives its power from romantic concepts of the noble savage and the vanishing red man, has garnered much of an audience. What is sorely needed are histories of such tribes as the Pomo, Hupa, Witun, and Maidu that take them from the 1820s into the 20th century. Such study is difficult to pursue; the rapidity with which California's native peoples were overrun and their cultures shattered has left a chaotic record. Genocide and Vendetta illustrates this difficulty. Despite extensive research, Carranco, a professor of English at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, and Beard, a retired rancher from Covelo, are unable to maintain any narrative continuity on either the Yuki and other tribes that inhabited the Round Valley area, or on the Valley itself.
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