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Library Mission Statement
The mission of the Wiyot Tribal Library is to serve as a bridge between the past and the future of the Wiyot Tribe. The library seeks to hold a complete collection of all materials relating to Wiyot culture for the benefit of tribal members and the neighboring community. The library will also maintain a collection of materials that are particularly appropriate for Native American Children. It aims to be the entry point for all information needs through use of appropriate technology.

Pictured right Tisa Jewell, Joycelyn Teague, and the Wiyot Tribe Library Director, Marilyn Wilson.


Borrowing Privileges
In order to borrow library materials, a library card with your name, address, telephone number, and last four digits of your social security number must be on file. You will be asked for photo i.d. if we don't know you. These cards will be kept on file in the library.

The signature of a parent or guardian is required in order for a minor to obtain library borrowing privileges. The library does not limit the borrowing privileges of a minor. If you wish to limit your childs/ward's reading or viewing, we suggest that you accompany him or her to the library and help select the materials borrowed.

Loan Period
Adults may check out up to five books at a time, children may check out three at a time, and two videos may be borrowed at a time. (Three videos may be checked out if they are part of a series, for example "Lord of the Rings Trilogy", with library staff permission). Books may be kept for three weeks, and videos, DVDs, and cassettes may be kept for one week. Books may be renewed for an additional three weeks if they have not been requested by another person. Renewals may be made by calling the library at 733-5055.

Overdue, Lost or Damaged Materials
The library does not charge fines for overdue materials. However, we encourage you to return your materials on time to avoid suspension of your borrowing privileges. Overdue notices will be sent every two weeks after materials are due, and library borrowing privileges will be suspended. If the materials are not returned by the time that RSTF checks are cut, the book cost may be withheld from your check.

Charges for unreturned, lost, stolen, or seriously damaged materials will include the replacement cost of the item plus a processing fee of $5.00. Under certain conditions, a refund may be made if the lost material is found and returned within three months. The processing fee is not refundable-even if the material is found later and returned.

You will be responsible for the cost of replacement or repair of any type of library material that is lost, stolen, or damaged while checked out to you. If you are a victim of fire or theft, you may be able to claim the cost against your insurance policies.

Selection of library materials is a thoughtful, deliberate process. Therefore, we cannot and do not, accept replacement of library material by a user unless it is exactly the same title in exactly the same format, edition, and condition.


Ethnogeography and culture:

Curtis, Edward S. "The North American Indian." V.13. New York, Johnson Reprint Co., 1929. See index for references. 970.494 CUR

Elsasser, Albert B. "Wiyot." "Handbook of North American Indians." V.8. Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, 1978. P155-163. Culture, language, history. REF 970.004 HAN v.8

Heizer, Robert F.,ed., "The California Indians: a sourcebook", 2nd ed.rev. and enlarged. Berkeley, CA, University of Berkeley Press, 1971. Various references to culture, language, etc. See index. 970.494 CAL

Kinman, Seth, "The Seth Kinman Story" (handwritten) by Geo. M. Richmond; based upon the dictated memoirs of Seth Kinman himself.  Unpublished memoirs from the Andrew Genzoli collection available in the HSU Library. White settler at Table Bluff recalls local Indians and hearsay accounts of the massacre. Not indexed.  REF 979.412 KIN

Kroeber, A. L., "Handbook of the Indians of California." New York, Dover Publications, 1976. Reprint. P112-120. Geography and culture. 970.4 KRO

Loud, Llewellyn L., "Ethnogeography and archaeology of the Wiyot territory", Berkeley, CA, University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology, v. 14, no. 3, p.221-436, December 23, 1918. REF 940.49 LOU

Raphael, Ray, "Two peoples, one place" (Humboldt History, v.1), Eureka, CA, Humboldt County Historical Society, 2007. Prehistory, pre-contact history, early post-contact history. REF 979.412 RAP

Indian Island Massacre of February 25, 1860:

Bledsoe, A.J., "Indian wars of the Northwest: a Calfornia sketch." Oakland, CA, Biobooks, 1956. P. 168-181, further references of forced removal to Klamath Reservation. No index. Many later accounts of massacre in other sources are drawn from this. 979.41 BLE

Heizer, Robert F., ed., "The destruction of California Indians: a collection of documents from the Period 1847 to 1865 in which are described some of the things that happened to som of the Indians of California." Lincoln, NB, University of Nebraska Press, 1974. P.253-265, Newspaper articles about the massacre. 979.4 HEI

Lowry, Chag,"Northwest indigenous gold rush history: the Indian survivors of California's holocaust." Arcata, CA, Humboldt State University, 1999. P. 2-7. Interview with Cheryl Seidner on tribal history.  970.1 LOW

Norton, Jack, "Genocide in Northwestern California: when our worlds cried, " new ed. San Francisco, CA, Indian Historian Press, 1997. P. 81-92. 979.494 NOR

Sparks, Virginia K., "Indian Island", Fortuna, CA, 1971. Typescript. 979.412 SPA


Reichard, Gladys A., "Wiyot grammar and text:, University Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology. Vol.22, No. 1, pp. 1-215. Berkeley, CA, University of California Press, 1925. REF 497.9 REI.

Tetter, Karl V. and John D. Nichols, "Wiyot Handbook I: glossary and concordance". Winnipeg, Manitoba, Algonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics, 10, c1993. REF 497.3 v. 1.

Teeter, Karl V. and John D. Nichols, "Wiyot handbook II: interlinear translation and English index".  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Algonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics, Memoir 11, c1993. REF 497.3 v.2.

Modern References:

Eargle, Dolan H., "Native California guide weaving the past and present," 2000 ed. San Francisco, Trees Company Press, 2000. P. 102, Brief description of past and present, includes two photographs of reservation. 979.4 EAR

Davis, Mary B., "Native America in the twentieth century." New York, Garland, 1996. P. 697-698. 970.004 NAT

Johnson, Ron and Colleen Kelley Marks,: Her mind made up: weaving caps the Indian way." Arcata, CA, Humboldt State University, 1998. P.215-232. Interviews with Wiyot Basket Weavers Leona Wilkinson and Cheryl Seidner. REF 746.41 JOH


"Fishing History: Wiyot elder Nelson Rossig." Produced by Kan Kraepelien for KEET-TV living Biographies, Eureka, CA, 2001. VID 979.412 FIS

"Irene Carlson." Produced by Jan Kraepelien for KEET-TV Living Biographies, Eureka, CA, 2000. VID 979.412 IRE