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An Indigenous American Retells History; The Modoc Wars – Volume 1
By River Rivers
Edited by Rachel Macklin

I’m a Modoc Native, so this story hits close to home for me. My ancestors got caught up in some serious shit. Apparently, rebelling against the government is in my DNA. Go figure?

Modoc culture can be traced as far back as 5,500 BCE, and our homeland features pictographs estimated to be over 4,500 years old. The Pit River band of Achomawi called the Modoc Lutuami, which meant lake dwellers–a fitting description. Our people built canoes and fished on rivers. My name River makes a lot of sense now doesn’t it? The Modoc and their northern neighbors the Klamath spoke a branch of Plateau Penutian. Together, the Klamath and Modoc languages are referred to as Lutuamian languages. Sadly, the Lutuamian language died out in 2003. The last…

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