We Are the Land: A History of Native California


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University of California Press
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author

William J. Bauer, Jr. is an enrolled citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Damon B. Akins is Professor of History at Guilford College, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a former high school teacher in Los Angeles.


"This is a history of personal stories. Many make for painful reading. All are to the point."-- "Geography Realm"
"It will be very good to keep this book close at hand and to insist that our students do the same. It is timely, it is a significant accomplishment, and it is welcome."-- "California History"
"Combines lyrical storytelling with academic narration to foreground Indigenous oral stories. . . . The book's well-researched micro-histories coalesce to create a necessary rewriting of Californian history."-- "Civil Eats"
"A Native American rejoinder to Richard White and Jesse Amble White's California Exposures. . . . [And] a welcome contribution to Native studies and the rich literature of California's first peoples." -- "Kirkus Reviews"
"In what seems an overdue departure from standard histories, Akins and Bauer's comprehensive account places indigenous people at the heart of California's story."-- "Boston Globe"
"We Are the Land is an astonishing work of scholarship, storytelling, and solidarity. . . . It will set the standard for the many other stories of the People waiting to be told."-- "Sierra Magazine"
"Akins and Bauer have written a classic. . . . A relocation of the region's indigenous peoples from a history based on their erasure to a history based on their preeminence."-- "CounterPunch"
"This richly sourced work. . . . is a refreshing read, offering a much-needed perspective of California history."-- "CHOICE"

"The stories Atkins and Bauer gather in this survey are about the Natives themselves, offering a compassionate reading of a people who have, even in some of the best revisionist studies, remained the 'other' on the periphery. The details and voices of California Indians' lives that the authors amplify from oral histories, primary documents, and secondary sources draw out the drama and recast the history of the 31st state from the perspectives of its First Peoples."

-- "The Nation"
"This well-written, accessible book reconceives California as Indigeneous land...the text itself is a powerful illustration of the ongoing challenges of colonialism and the Indigeneous survival of its many formations."-- "Pacific Historical Review"
"Damon Akins and William Bauer unveil a fascinating narrative about California Indians that breaks free from conventional boundaries of time and space. . . . Anyone interested in the history of Indigenous peoples will wish to read and enjoy it."-- "Hispanic American Historical Review"