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Florence Jones 

Protecting Heritage: EMBRACING CULTURE


Florence Jones (1907-2003) was the spiritual leader and chief healer of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California. The Wintu have called the McCloud River Watershed near Mount Shasta home for more than a millennium, but were dispossessed by miners, settlers, and bureaucrats Florence Jones - EMBRACE CULTURE

 
Florence Jones -
EMBRACE CULTURE

who would not grant them a reservation. When a private consortium continued that unfortunate legacy with plans to turn remaining Wintu land into a ski resort, Florence Jones realized that to protect her people'sfuture, they would have to preserve their past.

Although the Wintu had dwindled from more than 14,000 at first contact with non-Natives to only 395 at the time of her fight, Jones rallied the Wintu and unexpected allies to save sacred sites and the Wintu way of life.

See her struggle and share in her victory in our new short film.