In her fight to stop a proposed ski resort on northern California’s Mount Shasta in the 1980s, Native American elder Florence Jones took a risk. She asserted publicly that a bubbling spring that emerges from the volcanic mountain and flows down through Panther Meadows to form the McCloud River was a sacred place of healing for her people, the Winnemem Wintu. Florence allowed outsiders to attend her ceremonies at the spring, listen to her songs and prayers, and watch as she went into trance, communicated with the spirit world, and healed the spring and the people. She risked the anonymity of her ...


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