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Achumawi Culture and History

As a complement to our Achumawi language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Achumawi tribe and their society.

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Please note that Achumawis and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Achumawi history is interesting and important, but the Achumawi Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Achumawi Websites

Achumawi Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Achumawi Indian language.
Achumawi Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Achumawi culture.
Achomawi and Atsugewi Tales:
    Collection of Pit River Indian legends and folktales.

Achumawi Tribal and Community Websites

Pit River Tribe:
    Homepage of the Pit River Indian tribe, homeland of the Achumawi and Atsugewi people.
Susanville Rancheria * Redding Rancheria * Big Valley Rancheria * Round Valley Tribes:
    Homepages of intertribal rancherias in California where other Achumawi people live.
Pit River Health Service:
    Website of the Pit River reservation healthcare service.
Pit River Casino:
    Homepage of the Pit River Tribe's casino enterprise, including tribal employment information.
Constitution of the Ajumawi-Atsugewi Nation:
    The Pit River Tribe's official constitution.
Pit River Tribe:
    Profile of the Pit River tribe from the California Rural Indian Health Board, including maps.

Books for sale on the Achumawi/Pit River Indians
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Annikadel: The History of the Universe as Told by the Achumawi Indians of California:
    Book of Achumawi mythology and oral history for sale online.
California's Native American Tribes: Achumawi Tribe:
    Book on Achumawi culture, history, and lifestyle.
The Morning The Sun Went Down:
    Fascinating collection of autobiographical essays by a Pit River Indian author.
Surviving Through the Days:
    Anthology of myths and traditional literature from the Achumawi and other California tribes.
American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about California Indians and Native Americans in general.

Achumawi Lifestyle and Tradition

Pre-Contact California Tribal Territories:
    Maps showing where in California the Achomawi people live.
Native Americans Around Mount Shasta: Achumawi:
    Information on Achumawi culture, history, and lifestyle.
Curtis Collection: The Achomawi:
    Ethnography of the Achomawi Indians.
California’s Achumawi Indians:
    Overview of Achumawi Indian traditions including clothing, diet, homes, ceremonies, and naming.
Brush Houses:
    Photographs of the housing styles used by the Achumawi Indians.
Achumawi Tribe:
    Article about Achumawi culture including kinship and religion.
Fall River Band * Hammawi * Kahi:
    Information about particular Achumawi bands and tribal groups.
Achomawi Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Achomawi artifacts.
Pit River Flag: * Redding Rancheria Flag:
    Pictures of Pit River tribal flags.

Achumawi Literature and Arts

Achumawe Authors: Darryl Babe Wilson:
    Information and links about this Native American writer.
Pit River Indian Art:
    Achumawi and Atsugewi baskets and beadwork for sale online. With many photographs.
Achumawi Basketry:
    Pictures of an Achumawi twined basket.
Variations on Native Californian Themes:
    Guitar adaptations of traditional Achumawi and other California Indian songs.
Pit River Nation Drum Group * Pit River Powwow:
    Videos of Pit River musical and cultural festivals.

Atsugewi Politics, Issues, and News

Pit River Tribe declares victory in fight to protect Medicine Lake Highlands:
    Article about Atsugewi and Achumawi efforts to preserve a sacred California site.
Ancestral land in Hat Creek returned to Pit River tribe:
    Article about tribal reclamation of traditional Pit River territory.

Achumawi History

Pit River Documentary:
    Film project by a tribal historian about the history of the Pit River resevation.
Achomawi Tribe History:
    Early 20th century article on the Achumawi Indians.
Four Directions Institute: Achomawi Tribe:
    Profile and historical timeline of the Achumawi of California.
A long history of loss for Pit River Tribe:
    History of the hardships suffered by the Pit River Indians during the colonization of California.
Effects of the California Gold Rush on the Native Americans:
    Abuse of Achomawi and other Native California people by gold miners in the 1800's.

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References, Links, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Achomawi:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Achumawi tribe.
  Tribus del Río Pit * Los Achomawi:
  Information about the Achomawis in Spanish.
  Achumawi Tribe:
  Achumawi links.

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