In the Shadow of Fox Peak: An Ethnography of the Cattail-Eater Northern Paiute People of Stillwater Marsh

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1992 
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263 
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The Toidikadi, or Cattail-eater Norther Paiute people, have lived in and around Stillwater Marsh for countless generations. The marsh, in the shadow of Wannikudakwa ('Fox Peak'), their sacred mountain, provided food to sustain them and other products they made houses, clothing, containers, and much more. The surrounding Carson Desert lowlands and uplands provided other resources as well. By developing a hunting, gathering, and fishing way of life, they learned to make a living in this region, seemingly unproductive to others. Their subsistence system, social and political organization, religion and world view, and many other aspects of their culture, are described herein. The report is based primarily on conversations with Wuzzie George and Alice Steve, elders of the Cattail-eater group, who shared their lives and memories with several people. The study is illustrated with materials collected from the Stillwater region and presently on deposit in museums in several areas of the country. 
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