Title: San Joaquin Primeval - Uncle Jeff's Story: A Tale of a San Joaquin Valley Pioneer and His Life with the Yokuts Indians
Author: arranged by F. F. [Frank Forrest] Latta; [Thomas Jefferson Mayfield
Description: Inscribed by F. F. Latta and dated on ffep. Wraps. Material loss (one inch) to top of spine; otherwise only light wear to covers. Pages generally clean; minor edgewear. 88 pp. 9 x 6 inches. Seven copies noted on OCLC.
The biographical account of Thomas Jefferson "Uncle Jeff" Mayfield (1843-1928), who had lived out his boyhood as an adopted member of the Choinumni branch of the Yokuts tribe of Native Americans of the San Joaquin Valley, California. He lived with them between, approximately, the ages of eight and eighteen. Uncle Jeff tells the story of his family, how they came to California, his adoption by the Yokut, and describes many persons and events, the Yukut ways of life, prospecting and mining experiences, various murders, thieving, treasures, and of much more pertaining to the San Joaquin Valley and its history and people.
The author, Frank Forrest Latta (1892-1983), was a California oral historian and an ethnographer of the Yokut people. He spent many full days interviewing Uncle Jeff in the spring and summer of 1928 in White River and then finally at the Visalia hospital, where Uncle Jeff reposed in September.
Binding: Soft Cover/Wraps
Condition: Very Good
Publisher: Press of Tulare Times
Place: Tulare, California
Keywords: San Joaquin Valley, Kings River, history, biography, California, Yokuts, Native Americans, Indians, Thomas Jefferson Mayfield, Choynimni, Choinumni, Tulare, Tulare Lake, Kern County, Tulare County, Tailholt, White River, Californiana, 19th century, nineteenth century, pioneers,
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