Ahwahnee Valley

This Thanksgiving, I’m going to do something a bit different.

From now until the end of November, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite landscapes, a little bit about their heritage and the people whose traditional lands they belong to.


I love Ahwahnee Valley. When you visit here and gaze upon the waterfalls, granate faces of the mountainsides, and vast grassland valley, there is a stillness that washes over your soul. I find my inner peace in this place. This is why this valley is so sacred to the tribes from here.

Did you know that the Miwuk and Pauite Nations lived in Ahwahnee (Yosemite) Valley even after Yosemite was designated as a national park in 1890? Their ancestors still work and care for the national park. What is unjust, is that this Southern Sierra band of Miwuks, descendants of Yosemite’s original inhabitants are still not federally recognized.

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