Wherever you are in this hemisphere, you are on Native land.  Never forget, that before the Spanish arrived in California, for thousands of years, from sea to shining sea, this was indian country, with more than 300,000 Natives living here, representing more than 100 tribes, each with its individual traditions and cultures, most completely lost by the arrival of settlers. Write that down, and burn it into your brain. 

 

 “The history of genocide casts a shadow over California. It hovers over the land of the endless summer, over Disneyland, over the surfers, the Beach Boys, the palm trees, the Hollywood Sign … and yet, there is also a story of California Indian resistance and survival that is miraculous.”  This was said by my hero, Benjamin Madley, he is an associate professor of history at UCLA and has been on a more than decade-long odyssey to document and reveal the existence of this government-sponsored genocide.

 

The Youreka Podcast Network is literally days away from launch. You will be able to download a free app, and have all of the Network podcasts at your fingertips! Including my new shows, Here Lies, an audio tour of historic cemeteries, Rustic Rituals, affirmations and meditations for country folk, Queens of the Mines Two and MORE! Find us on Libsyn and instagram now to keep up @yourekapodcasts. That is YOUREKA, because this network is yours.

 

 

 

 

Are you missing live music? Are you missing the voice of the male narrator for Queens of the Mines? Well you are in luck, you can see Slim Cessna perform this Friday, September 25th, for the Roots in the Jar Online Music Festival, presented by our friends in Belgium. You can also access is live from the Slim Cessna’s Auto Club Facebook page Friday at 3pm Pacific time,  which is midnight in Europe. 

I know we have not heard Slim’s voice lately, and that is not without cause. Slim’s father had a terrible accident while me and Waylon were out visiting them in Colorado. He is still in recovery. Slim has been taking care of his family, day and night during the healing process, and I did not desire adding anything more to his plate. 

If you have become a fan of Slim’s voice in the show, a fan of his band, a fan of our theme song, or just a fan of him being an awesome supportive partner to me in general, you can tip Slim at the show! He is working on getting a new computer to produce evenb more amazing content for people like us, to drool over.  So tune in this Friday, the 25th  for the Roots in the Jar Online Music Festival, live from the Slim Cessna’s Auto Club Facebook page Friday at 3pm Pacific time. 

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Wherever you are in this hemisphere, you are on Native land.  Never forget, that before the Spanish arrived in California, for thousands of years, from sea to shining sea, this was indian country, with more than 300,000 Natives living here, representing more than 100 tribes, each with its individual traditions and cultures, most completely lost by the arrival of settlers. Write that down, and burn it into your brain. 

Never forget that the Russians, European-American colonists, and  Spanish missionaries' arrival on the Pacific coastline forever changed the native people’s way of life. The first known interaction with the Natives  in California was in the Monterey area in 1602, when Sebastián de Vizcaíno’s Spanish expedition was searching for a safe harbor for their  ships.  Well over 100 years then passed with little attention paid to Alta California. Then, Gaspar de Portola’s expedition of Spanish missionaries arrived in the Monterey area in 1769 and Spain began colonizing. Erasing the identities of the California indigenous people who entered the mission, in exchange, they were given a wool shirt with long sleeves called a cotón, and a wool blanket. The women were also given a wool petticoat and men received a breechclout to cover their groin area. They were then forcibly baptized into the Catholic faith, and thrown into labor camps that were filthy and disease ridden. 

The San Rafael Mission was established where Luis Arguello, later the first provisional governor of California and his band of Spanish soldiers led expeditions, removing Pomo people from their lands, bringing them to the new mission.  Five years down the road, California became part of the Mexican Republic, and the Mexican government gave out large tracts of Pomo land to its settlers, the  foreigner/white colonists brought deadly disease and epidemic. 

In one instance, a Russian ship brought a case of smallpox, the indigenous people did not have immunity to such diseases, the tribe populations heavily decreased, and the  bones of thousands “ left unburied, bleached the hills” of Sonoma and Napa counties. As all this happened, the domestic stock animals brought by the foreigners consumed all of the native foods and damaged the gathering areas while they grazed. Foods the locals depended on for survival. Stream channels were disturbed and often  re-routed, land was blasted away and huge amounts of soil entered streams and rivers, destroying the habitat of fish and other aquatic species that once were food for the indigenous people.

Ten years later there was  a massive malaria outbreak, and the following year the missions were authorized by the crown to “convert” the Natives in a ten-year period. They had until 1844. They were to surrender their control over the mission’s livestock, fields, orchards and buildings to the Indians in 1844. The padres never achieved their goal and the lands and wealth were then stolen from the Natives. The California Mission System was not the romanticized fantasy we were fed in fourth grade. Debunked. Unpack that. Accept it. 

 “The history of genocide casts a shadow over California. It hovers over the land of the endless summer, over Disneyland, over the surfers, the Beach Boys, the palm trees, the Hollywood Sign … and yet, there is also a story of California Indian resistance and survival that is miraculous.”  This was said by my hero, Benjamin Madley, he is an associate professor of history at UCLA and has been on a more than decade-long odyssey to document and reveal the existence of this government-sponsored genocide.

 Queens of the Mines features the authentic stories of gold rush women who blossomed from the camouflaged, twisted roots of California. This is the final Chapter of Season One, and this is Part One of three in the chapter,  Today, we will meet the Queen of Preservation. I am Andrea Anderson, This is a true story from America’s Largest Migration, The Gold Rush. This is Queens of the Mines. The preceding program features stories that contain adult content including violence which may be disturbing to some listeners, or secondhand listeners. So, discretion is advised.

Coming in October, you the Youreka Podcast Network. Rustic Rituals will bring weekly mediations and affirmations to the Motherlode. In this sneak peek, we have a meditation, 7 Minutes to Clarity. Enjoy.

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The Youreka Podcast Network launches in October! A single audio feed to amplify the unheard voices of the Motherlode. Today, you will hear a sneak peek from one of the New Shows on the Network. If you want to help with the production of  the network, you can donate to the Youreka Podcast Network at queensofthemines.com.

“We are gathered here today for, Here Lies, an Audio Tour podcast that guides you through fascinating lives of some of the residents of the historic gold rush cemeteries in California.  Known, but rarely heard, and I want you to know their stories.”  Today we’re talking about the Sonora Masonic Cemetery in Downtown Sonora CA, I’m Andrea Anderson the hostess of QOTM.” For who could put a price on a memory? This is, Here Lies.  

The Sonora Masonic Cemetery is located at the cross road of Otis and Cemetery, at 185 Cemetery Lane Sonora, California in Tuolumne County. Disclaimer :This audio tour is off trail, climbing aa dirt hill. 

RESOURCES USED: 

Find a grave, Ancestry.com, and History Hunters Youtube Channel which I highly recommend if you are an out of town listener .

 

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August 23, 2020

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Queens of the Mines is a historical, non-fiction collection of the stories of Gold Rush California's top ten women. The stories address racism, immigration, genocide, human trafficking, depression, losses, success, civil rights, the earliest profession and the dark side of show business through the lens of their stories.  In this episode, Andrea discusses her inspiration for the series and sets the scene of a pre-rush California. 

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The Youreka Podcast Network will launch on October 2, 2020.  Today's episode is a teaser from one of the many new audio shows coming to the Motherlode.  "REP Presents". Tune in while the co-host Tom Taylor talks with Jaron Brandon, who is running for Supervisor in District 5 in Tuolumne County.  Please share this episode.

Learn more about Jaron Brandon and his campaign at https://www.jaronfor5.com

Donate to the New Network and the Youreka team at https://www.gofundme.com/f/youreka-podacst-network

 

 

 

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The baby fuzz on her lip had now developed into a growth of unusual proportions for a woman. A disgruntled miner who’d lost his temper in Bannack  and a bundle at her table gave her the name “Madame Moustache”.

Queens of the Mines features the authentic stories of gold rush women who blossomed from the camouflaged, twisted roots of California. In this Chapter, we will meet Eleanor Dumont, the Queen of Exhilaration from America’s Largest Migration, The Gold Rush.

Queens of the Mines features the authentic stories of gold rush women who blossomed from the camouflaged, twisted roots of California. In this chapter, we are taking a different approach than we have been doing. As we continue learning about the fabulous story of self-determination, freedom of movement, and opportunity for free association with one of California’s most famous Stage Drivers. I am Andrea Anderson, This is a true story from America’s Largest Migration, The Gold Rush. This is Queens of the Mines.

In Vermont in 1812, Mary and Ebenezer Parkhurst, a young couple, had three children, Maria, Charlotte, and Charles. After the sudden death of one of the children, the couple abandoned the other two. They were sent to an orphanage in Lebanon, New Hampshire where they were raised under the care of an unkind man named Mr. Millshark. Men had a greater advantage over girls in the battle of life. Charlotte, the youngest of the two, became aware that women had few economic opportunities. She felt her only chance was to be a seamstress, laundress, teacher or sex worker. So, when she was 12 years old, she left Maria, her older sister at the orphanage, stole a few pieces of boys clothing and ran away to Worcester, MA. Charlotte then took on the name of her deceased brother, Charles, or, Charley.

 

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