Achumawi Nation

The Achumawi, also known as the Pit River tribe, are an indigenous tribe from the northeastern region of California. They have a long history of residing in the area, with evidence of their presence dating back over 10,000 years.

The Achumawi traditionally lived in small, autonomous communities, with a strong emphasis on family and kinship. They were skilled hunters and gatherers, and also developed a complex system of trade and exchange.

The Achumawi people had a rich cultural heritage, including a complex system of religious beliefs, as well as a sophisticated system of governance. They were known for their basketry, and their baskets were highly prized for their beauty and craftsmanship.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Achumawi’s population was greatly reduced as a result of European contact, particularly through the spread of diseases to which they had no immunity.

In the following decades, they were also displaced from their traditional lands through the forced relocation policies of the United States government, as well as through the rapid expansion of non-native settlements in the region.

Despite these challenges, the Achumawi have continued to maintain their cultural traditions and identity. Today, there is a small but active community of Achumawi people living in the area.

They are working to preserve their culture and language through various efforts such as language revitalization programs, cultural events, and educational initiatives.

It’s worth noting that the Achumawi people traditionally occupied a large region, extending from the Pit River, the Fall River and the McCloud River and their traditional territory extended from the Cascade Range to the Pit River, and from the Warner Mountains to the northern Sacramento Valley.