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Views of Bear Butte

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?
Bear Butte clouds iph

Looking east at dawn. Photo by Jerry Pruce.

Bear Butte pink sunsetPhoto by Jerry Pruce.

br butteLooking northwest, I think. In the foreground, a hand holding a healthy treat. I did not take this pic, need to research the credit.

B  from yurtFrom a place up Alderpoint road I lived in for a few months. Looking west, maybe northwest.

1525184_731486256870723_1461939792_nFrom 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
10007457_771510042868344_2343770164394229938_nFrom a park southwest of Garberville. Photo by Estelle Fennel.

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From far out on Elk Ridge. I was going for an art shot of the child and the tree, told him to “be the tree”.

10487491_804755466210468_4063904753391610458_nFrom southeast? Can’t quite orient myself on this one, taken by Rick Perkins.

1601565_731488550203827_699941151_nThis was the winter view from my kitchen window for years. Looking east. Look closely, you’ll find it.

1005934_731489623537053_1622491901_nNear Four Corners, Elk Ridge. Looking east very early on a winter morning as the sun came up.

goat-shed-edWhere 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.

Goat Shed laterThis is the same house many years later, greatly upgraded by local artist, Jerry Pruce, who took this pic.

10439038_804637309555617_6668062548719284766_nView from the deck of the preceding photo, looking east. Photo by Jerry Pruce.


Same view, add fog. Photo by Pruce.butte smoke iph    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.

butte shadows iph 2

Photo by Rick Perkins.



Back to the Land

In spite of the logged-over nature of most of the land Shummians were able to buy to live on when they first arrived, the Land of Shum was and is still full of beautiful vistas almost anywhere you look. This fact contributed a great deal to the “spirit of place” feeling that soon became a motivating factor for the new residents.

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