Monday, June 11, 2007


(MONACHE)Like tiny time capsules artifacts lie in the sand under the sage here in Monache. "Arrowheads of stone, pressure flaked with bone. " like black jewels shinning in the sun, small obsidian arrowheads fell to rest here during ancient hunts. Left here by the people that Monache was named after, the Monache Indians.

MONO, WESTERN (MONACHE) The Western Mono Indians traditionally lived in the south-central Sierra Nevada foothills. Their language is of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Acorns made up the major part of their diet, and they also depended on other vegetable foods and game. Today these Indians are basically landless, but some live on the rancherias of Big Sandy, Cold Springs, and North Fork, as well as in the town of Dunlap.

The arrowheads are part of the historic appeal of the area and should be left there on the ground. I think it is against federal antiquity laws to take them out with you.

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