Near Redding in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Native Americans in the Clear Creek Watershed
As far back as 14,000 years ago, the Wintu and other Native American Indians lived in the northern Sacramento Valley and surrounding mountains. The Wintu practiced a lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering. An abundance of seasonally available plant and animal resources were used for food, clothing and shelter.
Includes the honorable Wintu...
Trading with neighbors was necessary for some items like obsidian and shell beads, improving inter-village relationships and ties with other tribes. The Wintu are a people deeply connected to nature. Land and water are their places of spiritual connection through ceremonies, prayers, songs and dances.
But not all relationships thrived.
Contact with early settlers and explorers exposed the Wintu to disease, which decimated their population. When gold was discovered on Clear Creek in 1848, the native peoples were soon displaced and fell victim to competition for resources from the miners and settlers. Today the remaining Wintu still honor the land of their ancestors and maintain many of their historic traditions and practices.
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
Location. 40° 29.617′ N, 122° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Redding CA 96001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gold Fever in Clear Creek (here, next to this marker); Reading's Bar (approx. 1.6 miles away); Piety Hill (approx. 3 miles away); U.S. Army Special Forces Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Submariners Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Northern California Veterans Memorials (approx. 4.2 miles away); Clear Creek (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Redding.
More about this marker. Marker is located within the Clear Creek Gorge Overlook parking area and under a gazebo.
Categories. • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.