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Oldest women in the west
Pioneer Museum, Oroville, Calif
Date Created and/or Issued
ca. 1905
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Meriam Library Special Collections Department, California State University, Chico
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California State University, Chico
Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection
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Written on photograph, Oldest Women in the West. Calapina, the Indian women whose photograph appears on the opposite side was born in the northern suburbs of what is now the city of Sonora, Tuolumne County, 130 years ago. Of the great age of this native daughter there is not a shadow of a doubt. Pioneers say that in 1849 she was rated among the very old squaws of the digger tribe. Calapina herself remembers vividly the one great pilgrimage of her life when, with her first husband, she visited the Santa Clara Mission (founded in 1777) where she saw Father Junipero Serra, the celebrated founder of the mission system in Alta California, and heard that far toward the rising sun lived a mighty tribe of white warriors whose great chief was named Washington.
Indians of North America--Tuolumne County
Digger Indians
under review
Northeastern California Historic Photograph Collection

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