Elem Pomo Roundhouse Dance, Clear Lake, California

Elem Pomo women in feather headdresses, abalone pendants, and applique clothing, painted in 1878. This was a traumatic time of settler conquest, precipitated by the Gold Rush. Not only were Indigenous people being driven off their lands, but they underwent terrible slaughters, as the Pomo endured at Clear Lake in 1850. At the time of this painting, movements were sweeping through the West Coast, just as the Ghost Dance spread from Nevada through the Great Plains. Among the Pomo, the Bole Maru Dreamers spread ceremonies that reinvigorated the spiritual traditions.

I hope you can access this lesson from the previous course, which explains much more, with more pictures. This is experimental, trying out your ability to access content in the bundled 2021 course Researching Women. Try the link (it may ask you to log in, or there may be a tab you can select to go to that course—I don't know yet because i can't see from student side). Let me know in comments it you have trouble reaching the page.

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