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Eel River Athapaskan Culture and History

As a complement to our Eel River language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Eel River tribe and their society. In addition to the general links about North Straits Indian culture on this page, please see our specific pages on the Wailaki, Lassik, Sinkyone, and Nongatl tribes.

Please note that Eel River Athapaskans and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Eel River history is interesting and important, but the Eel River 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. Please contact us if you have an Eel River link to add.

Eel River Tribal and Community Websites

Round Valley Native Indian Tribe:
    Official homepage of the California Indian tribe where most Eel River people live today.

Eel River Lifestyle and Tradition

Wailakki-Wintu Network:
    Cultural and historical information from a family of Eel River descent.
The Wailaki:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Wailaki Indians.
Wailaki Legends:
    Collection of Wailaki Indian legends and folktales.
Lassik Indian History * Wailaki Indian History:
    History and genealogy of the Eel River tribes.
Wailaki Tribe:
    Fact sheet on the Wailaki Indians from the Four Directions Institute.
The Lolangkok Sinkyone:
    Overview of Sinkyone Indian culture and history.

Books for sale on the Eel River Indians

Habitat of the Pitch Indians, a Wailaki Division:
    Anthropology book on the Eel River Indians for sale.
Sinkyone Notes:
    Ethnography of the Sinkyone tribe.
Genocide and Vendetta: The Round Valley Wars in Northern California:
    Book about the violence in 19th-century northern California, including the destruction of the Eel River tribes.
The Fine Art of California Indian Basketry:
    Basket-weaving traditions of the Wailaki, Lassik, and other California Indian tribes.
Native American Books::
    Evolving list of books about Eel River Indians and Native Americans in general.

Links, References, and Additional Information

   Eel River Athapaskans:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Eel River Indians.
   Atabascanos de California:
   Information about the Eel River people in Spanish.
   Wailaki Tribe:
   Wailaki links.



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