• LOCATION 10 | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost

    Past Washburn

    You should now be through the light. Continue straight on Crater Lake Parkway for a bit longer.

    Now, to understand the Modoc, the other thing you have to realize is that they were never a unified tribe. They lived in small, individual bands, or groups, that had their own leaders, called "lagi" who worked as chief negotiators. Military and civil decisions were determined by consensus - a mode of governance that will become a very important issues later on. The Modoc that inhabited the land where you're driving right now were the Lost River Modoc. My great grandfather, Shacknasty Jim, belonged to the Hot Creeks, a Modoc band that lived closer to the nearby town of Dorris. And the only real time these groups all came together was to do some socializing and during an emergency like war.

The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost