LAKE COUNTY -- Local resident K.C. Patrick has produced a pictorial history book that shares photos and stories of Lake County Pomo tribes.
"The Pomo of Lake County" (Arcadia Publishing, April 2008) is part of the Images of America series (www.arcadiapublishing.com). The book reveals numerous unseen vintage photographs from both public and private collections, features little-told and unreported stories.
Patrick, a retiring journalist and fourth-generation Californian, returned to her Lake County home only to find there were stories to tell and none too soon as the living memories of an ancient culture were dying out amid the pressures of modern living and casino revenue sharing.
"The Pomo of Lake County" documents the story of local Pomo, which comprises more than 72 independent tribelets and dates back more than 12,000 years. It features numerous vintage photographs from both public and private collections and features little-told and unreported stories.
The book shows how the Pomo lived a warless culture that was based upon consensus and an almost-pure democracy with leaders not rulers. The book also captures the impact that land-seeking Europeans had on the culture and how the tribes survive today, mainly through casino revenue.
Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series features local and regional history in the United States. Previous books with a local focus include "Lake County" by Marcia Bishop Sanderson and Maureen Grace Carpenter and "Resorts of Lake County" by Donna Hoberg.
"The Pomo of Lake County" will be available April 21,
2008. It can be purchased at area bookstores, independent and online retailers or through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.