American Indians have been caretakers of Yosemite’s natural resources for nearly 10,000 years. Today, park officials regularly consult with the seven Traditionally Associated Tribes and Groups that continue to serve as stewards and conduct traditional activities in Yosemite.

As part of a project to evaluate archeological sites in Yosemite, this grant funded internships to provide two young adults from American Indian tribes with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in wilderness fieldwork and resource management. The two interns, Raquel and Courtney, got to participate in backcountry expeditions to unearth and identify artifacts dating back thousands of years. In addition to honing key archeological skills, the interns gained exposure to a public lands careers by interacting with trail and vegetation crews, cultural resource experts and others.

Your contribution gave American Indian interns the chance to learn from experts in the field while working to study and preserve important pieces of Yosemite’s past. For a more in-depth look at the interns’ experience, head to the blog to read our Q-and-A with Courtney and Raquel.

Completed in partnership 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.