John Muir


image preview


Many of them have rather short legs, are square built, broad backed and stumpy looking, in some degree; not a single specimen that would compare at all favorably with the best of the Sioux or indeed with almost any of the tribes to the East of the Rocky Mountains. They also differ from other Indians in being willing to work. They are industrious when free from the contamination of bad whites or those who are too good. They live chiefly on salmon along the coast and inlets and rivers, the density of the forests no doubt in great part determining this. There is one characteristic, however, that they have fully developed in common with all wild tribes, namely, superstition. They attribute to witchcraft all diseases and events of which they {Sketch: totem pole}

Date Original



Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13.5 cm.

Resource Identifier



Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Rights Management

To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.


John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist