Kato Texts

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Author: Goddard, Pliny Earle (1869-1928).

Year: 1909

Publisher: University of California Press

Place: Berkeley


65-238 pages with frontispiece. Quarto (10 1/2" x 7") bound in original publisher's wrappers. University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology, Volume 5, number 3. First editions.

The Cahto (also spelled Kato, especially in anthropological and linguistic contexts) are an indigenous Californian group of Native Americans. Today most descendants are enrolled as the federally recognized tribe, the Cahto Indian Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria, and a small group of Cahto are enrolled in the Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation. The Kato language is one of four Athabaskan languages that were spoken in northwestern California. The others were Eel River Athabaskan (to which Kato is most similar), Mattole-Bear River, and Hupa-Chilula. Most Kato speakers were also bilingual in Northern Pomo. The Kato lived farthest south of all the Athapascans in California, occupying Cahto Valley and Long Valley, and in general the country south of Blue Rock and between the headwaters of the two main branches of Eel River. This region comprises rolling hills and oak savannas and is veined with streams. Most of these are nearly dry during the dry summers but are torrential during the rainy winters.


Wrappers chipped at edges with front heal corner lacking and back head corner lacking two by three inch piece, corners bumped but still unread with pages need separating else good.

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