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Pre-Course Activity: Payahuunadü (Owens Valley)

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This is a photo of Payahuunadü (Owens Valley) found on the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission website. We will be visiting this area during our second week together, and I chose this image because it tells a story of displacement. While finding this picture I learned that about 100 years ago the city of Los Angeles bought land and water rights to Payahuunadü. This allowed the city to remove large amounts of water in order to keep up with its growing population. This has significantly impacted the indigenous peoples of this land, The Nüümü, and permanently changed their way of life. Sadly I had never learned of this history before and it personally serves as an important reminder to continue learning about what similar resources I take for granted, where they come from, and who occupies the land.