In a collaborative work such as this volume, there were many people
who were completely essential to the making of the work. In light of the
conditions shaping the production of this book, an acknowledgments
section cannot simply make note of these essential contributions in a
standard manner. Such contributions saturate the entire project. Never-
theless, I will use this section to thank all of the individuals, tribes, and
institutions without whom this book would not have been possible.
Ongoing support for this project has been provided by the Wenner-
Gren Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Ex-
tending the Reach Faculty Research Grant, and the University of New
Mexico’s Resource Allocation Committee.
In particular, I thank the following tribal organizations: the Muwekma
Ohlone Tribe, the Federated Coast Miwok, the Yurok Tribe, the Table
Blu√ Wiyot Rancheria, and the Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation. While
I did not establish a formal relationship with the Hupa Tribe, I worked
with so many people in the Hoopa Valley, many of whom also work for
the tribe, that thank the entire tribe, as well.
The following museums granted me access to their collections, and
without that access I would never have come into contact with some of
the most extraordinary objects in California Indian history. To figure
out which objects would play a role in this book, I had to see many more
than I actually discuss, but therewasformeaverysteeplearningcurve
involved in undertaking this facet of the project. Sherrie Smith-Ferri,
Director of the Grace Hudson Museum (Ukiah, California), played an
absolutely essential role in this process, and Craig Bates, Chief Curator
of Ethnographic Collections at the Yosemite Museum, has been a guid-
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