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Archaeological lectures 1st Monday of every month in Farrand Hall.

Information: Call Tacy Kennedy at 805-682-4711 ext 141 or

Traditional Lore of the Yokuts and Their Western Mono Neighbors
Lecture by Mary Gorden, M.A.
Monday, June 5, 2017
7:30 PM
Farrand Hall

Since prehistoric times, Yokuts and Western Mono peoples have occupied the San Joaquin Valley, the eastern edge of the Coast Range, and the west side of the Sierra Nevada. Their traditional lore describes a primordial time when animals were supernatural people. Stories explain the origins of the universe and encode social institutions, religious and aesthetic values. The environmental setting in which they take place reflects traditional
beliefs and daily life in settings the people experienced on a daily or seasonal basis. Physiographic forms in the landscape have animistic connotations. Hundreds of place names still retain their cosmological, biological, and/or cultural origins to this day.



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