Although today it is the most populous state in the United States, before the arrival of Spanish soldiers and missionaries in 1769, the land that is now California was home to between 300,000 and 350,000 American Indians. "California Indians" is a highly illustrated look at the history of Native American California and its inhabitants, including such tribes as the Miwok, Chumash, and Pomo.Coverage includes: the early use of tule reeds, the production of acorn flour, the influence of Spanish missionaries, Mexican rule of California, American Indians in Hollywood, the occupation of Alcatraz, the current lives of American Indians in California, and much more.
Craig A. Doherty holds a B.A. in English and history from the University of Massachusetts and studied education at the graduate level at the University of New Mexico. He has experience teaching English at the high school level and teaching social studies at both the middle and high school levels. Coauthors of more than 25 nonfiction books for children and young adults, the Dohertys have written 12 other books on different American Indian tribes and are the authors of Chelsea House's Thirteen Colonies set. Katherine M. Doherty holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in history from the University of New Mexico and an M.S. in library science from Simmons College. Now the director of Learning Resources for New Hampshire Community Technical College, she has experience as a librarian with elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as entire school distircts. Doherty has served as a trustee of the Dummer Public Library.