The Esselen Tribe of Monterey County

Nason, Tom Little Bear
January 2002
Gathering of Voices: The Native Peoples of the California Centra;2002, p212
The article provides information on the Esselen tribe of Monterey County in California. According to the authors, the important function of the Esselen tribe in the Native world was the keeper of the Western Gate, known as the Window to the West. They mention that the Esselen tribe was the first tribe in the state to be declared extinct. They also discuss the formation of the not-for-profit education public benefit corporation called Window to the West Inc. which is committed to the study, preservation, and teaching of California Indian culture.


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