In my tribal calling as genealogist for the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah I amassed Native American family histories covering Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah, totaling 50,000 names. From this, their stories, language, and what they had to say I elucidated migrations and origins. The information I had access to became the basis for this book. My findings differ from archaeological accounts because of differences in information sources. I do t assert that they are wrong or that i am right. I do t kw eugh to say that. Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Kawaiisu, Luise, Mo Paiute, Northern Paiute Southern Paiute, Serra, Shoshone, Tataviam (Fernande), Timbisha (Death Valley), Tongva (Gabrieli), Tubatulabals, and Aztecs of Aztlan included. Come see the workings of the Indian slave trade along with Indian escape stories. Indian origin stories presented. One strange escape story is about the Garfias (San Pasqual) Ranch in Pasadena, California. Ather escape story tells of escape from Navajo servitude. A Tataviam (Fernandi) story teller from the first century B.C. tells an epic sea voyage from the seething cauldron of MesoAmerican violence to Santa Clarita, California by way of a white knuckle misadventure in Northern California. Then he takes you on a thrilling adventure of discovery in the magic desert of California where mountains move and rocks race on a race tract. All this preparatory to expanding the realm. Come see Death Valley generate the Shoshone and Comanche. Come see a great drought grip Southern California sending thousands on a 700 mile walk to Utah to establish the Utes. Revealed: Carefully laid plans to establish Los Angeles as a seaport for proposed Spanish colonies in Utah and how it opened the Great Basin to slaving. Come see how the Los Angeles Basin became the mother colony for many Indian tribes. Come see how a navigational error brought the Uto-Aztecans to Southern California instead of the Central Valley of Arizona. Come see who filled the vacancy left by the Anasazi collapse on the Colorado Plateau (t the Navajo). Come see why Native Americans did t have even one nasty germ to throw back at the Europeans waging biological warfare.
Oreste Lombardi was born in Cedar City, Utah. As a child he was drawn to the Southern Paiute people. He was in and out of their homes and played with their children. He was honored with an Indian name. He lived in two worlds, the Indian world and the white world. Like his friend, LaVan Martineau, he studied their ways and their language. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1955 with a degree in Geochemistry and then from New Mexico Tech in 1957 with a M.S. in geochemistry. He worked for the U.S Navy at Michelson Laboratories at China Lake, California where he worked in analytical chemistry, weather modification, oceanography, seismology and neurological cetacean studies. In connection with the cetacean studies he swam with dolphins at Point Magu. He was chief chemist at Pittsburg Plate Glass soda plant on Owens Lake near Death Valley. He has spent many years as a teacher on the Navajo Indian Reservation teaching mathematics, chemistry, earth science, and physics. He is the tribal genealogist for the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and the genealogist for the Wyannie Malone Museum in the Bahamas for whom he authored the Dolly Mae CD which is considered the bible of Bahamian genealogy. He became the genealogist of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah by unanimous approval by the tribal council in 1996. He has researched the family history of Southern Paiutes and related peoples in a swath of territory stretching from the Four Corners area to the Los Angeles. He has prepared a genealogy CD with about 50,000 names in family groups for use by the tribes which includes Western Shoshone, Tongva, Tataviam, Serrano, Mono Paiute, Tubatulabal, Chemehuevi, Kawaiisu, Cahuilla, and others. His genealogical research has generated a wealth of information that is not available from any other source. He is a generalist in the physical, life, and social sciences. This is what enabled him to come up with this book.