American Indians have been caretakers of Yosemite for millennia. Today, park officials regularly consult with the traditionally associated tribes and groups that continue to serve as stewards and conduct traditional activities in Yosemite.

Building on the success of an inaugural 2017 internship program, through which two American-Indian interns took part in archeological research at Dorothy and Benson lakes, this grant will provide multiweek, field-based experiences for up to four tribal youth. The interns will receive professional training while working on projects with the park’s anthropology branch, gaining hands-on experience, as they learn to excavate archeological sites, process and analyze data, identify and protect cultural resources, and more.

Your contribution will help tribal youth participate in the preservation of culturally significant sites, develop valuable skills and explore potential careers.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park

Eirik Thorsgard

Cultural Anthropologist, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

The project provides cultural resource training to local tribal youth and provides valuable current documentation of cultural resource conditions, threats assessments, and treatment planning.