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A Look Into a River's Past

A Flourishing Ecosystem

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On the BanksEarly MapsA Flourishing EcosystemTurning Marsh into FarmlandRow of RowboatsTurn of the Century AbodeA Lake DisappearsFamily with BasketsMan with a Tule HouseYokut Portrait, 1910Preparing AcornsSanta Rosa Rancheria Family

A Flourishing Ecosystem

For over 6,000 years, native groups in the Delta modified the environment through their fishing, hunting and gathering of food plants; harvesting tule grass to construct boats, rafts, huts, and mounds; and altering vegetation with controlled fires.

This woman of the Tachi Yokut tribe is holding a bundle of tule reeds, which have been used for construction for centuries.

For more on this story, read Restoring the San Joaquin River and Recalling Its History.