yosemite legends

Yosemite Legends. Bertha H. Smith. San Francisco: Paul Elder, 1904. Thirteen original tonalist illustrations and cover design by Florence Lundborg.

“That night as the Ah-wah-nee-chees feasted themselves on bear meat, the story of the young chief’s bravery was told, and told again; and from that hour he was known as Yo-sem-i-te, the Large Grizzly Bear. In time the name Yo-sem-i-te was given to all the tribe of Ah-wah-nee-chees, who for fearlessness and lawlessness were rivaled only by the grizzly with whom they shared their mountain fastness.”