Trade The four Shasta groups traded with each other as well as within the different villages of each group. They traded acorns (Achumawi, Wintun) and acorn paste (Rogue River Athapaskans), clamshell beads (northern peoples), and buckskin, obsidian, and dentalia (Warm Springs Indians).
The Shasta called themselves “Kahosadi” or “plain speakers”. The Shasta people were hunters, fishers, gatherers that lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle. They hunted in the summer, building wickiups as temporary shelters. In the winter, they lived in villages semi-subterranean oblong plank houses.
The Shasta tribe wore skirts made out of grass or willow bark. Men sometimes wore buckskin hats, breech cloths, and leggings. In cold weather, men and women wore deer skins and bearskins so they would not get cold. They would even wear fur from big bears.
The Shastas were hunter-gatherers. Shasta men hunted deer and small game and went fishing in the rivers and lakes. Shasta women gathered acorns and ground them into meal, as well as collecting berries, nuts, and other plants.
Shastan villages, dwellings, and communal sweat houses were similar to those of other tribes in the region, though Shastan men were inclined to put up their own individual sweat houses in addition to the communal structure. Shastan religion centred on guardian spirits and shamanism.
The name Shasta is primarily a gender-neutral name of Indian origin that means Praised, Commended.
Some Shasta descendants still reside at the Grand Ronde and Siletz Reservations, while others are in Siskiyou county at the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation or Yreka. Many former members of the Shasta tribe have also been inducted into the Karuk and Alturas tribes.
The Shasta tribe spoke in the Shastan dialect, part of the Hokan language.
The Chumash population was between roughly 10,000 and 18,000 in the late 18th century.
Shasta is name originating in the Sahara. Its meaning is Precious Water. Shasta is also a generic Sanskrit term meaning “a teacher”. The Shasta are a Native American Tribe of Northern California, they live in the region of Mount Shasta, which is the second highest peak in the Cascade Mountain range.
Peter Skene Ogden, a chief trader with the Hudson’s Bay Company, is given credit for naming Mount Shasta on February 14, 1827, after the Native Americans who lived in the area.
The Yokuts were reduced by around 93% between 1850 and 1900, with many of the survivors being forced into indentured servitude sanctioned by the California State Act for the Government and Protection of Indians. A few Valley Yokuts remain, the most prominent tribe among them being the Tachi.
Mount Shasta (Shasta: Waka-nunee-Tuki-wuki; Karuk: Úytaahkoo ) is a potentially active volcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California.