In delineating the geographical area of Mateel for ethnographic purposes, I simply chose Bear Butte (Buttes on the topo-map), put my compass on that point on the map , opened it wide enough to include Petrolia and drew a circle. I stipulated that this was the best that could be done geographically and justified the choice of the Butte as the center of the Mateelian world by noting that it could be seen from most of the watersheds I focussed on culturally and from Garberville, the largest town in southern Humboldt County. Below, photos taken by myself and others of the sacred mountain in the Land of Shum, mostly from the east, Elk Ridge. Need some from the north, if that’s possible–volunteers?
Looking east at dawn. Photo by Jerry Pruce.
From as far out on Elk Ridge as you can get. I’d have to look at a topo map to be precise on the direction, but the ridge is west of the Butte
From a park southwest of Garberville. Photo by Estelle Fennel.
Where I lived during much of my field work. This house was built by a pregnant woman and one skinny young man. The first floor was where her goats lived; the second, a bedroom and kitchen. The added on room was a shop that goes around the corner. We added a deck to the roof of the shop, behind the slanted roof., accessible by climbing out the kitchen window. This is high summer, high fire danger.
Same view, add fog. Photo by Pruce. Through the smoke during a large fire not all that close by. On some years, the fires are so bad it can look like this for days on end from fires miles away. Photo by Pruce.
Photo by Rick Perkins.