Yosemite Indians and the National Park Ideal, 1916–1969

Mark David Spence

in Dispossessing the Wilderness

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780195142433
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848812 | DOI:
Yosemite Indians and the National Park Ideal, 1916–1969

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This chapter discusses the creation of the National Park Service in 1916, which fulfilled preservationists' long-held dreams for a strong federal commitment to the preservation and enhancement of all national parks. However, the creation of the National Park Service only perpetuated the same struggle between preservationists and development interests that plagued the management of Yosemite in the 1880s. Like those earlier debates before the California State Assembly, this struggle would also carry over to the new agency's relationship with the Yosemite Indians. In the same year that the park service was established, Yosemite officials and concessionaires inaugurated the Indian Field Days, a festivity designed to “revive and maintain the interest of Indians in their own games and industries, particularly basketry and bead work.”

Keywords: National Park Service; preservation; national parks; California State Assembly; Yosemite Indians; Yosemite; Indian Field Days

Chapter.  8712 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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