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Nosona Cemetery (historical)

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Date: [unknown] to 1942
Location: Shasta, California, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Nosono winnemum_wintu
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The Nosona (or Nosoni, but most likely Nosono in the indigenous language of the village) Cemetery was one of many burial grounds flooded when Shasta Dam was completed and Shasta Lake filled. Some graves there were reinterred at Central Valley Cemetery, now in Shasta Lake, California, though the Winnemum Wintu have long contended that many burials and artifacts were left to be submerged without tribal consultation.

The following is a list of known reinterred graves from the Nosono site, originally located in the Winnemum Wintu or Okwanuchu village of Nosono at the intersection of Nosoni Creek and the McCloud River [1].

  • Allchonlmitt, girl. Note: "skeleton found in Nosoni cave"

It is likely that "Nosoni cave" here corresponds to the site now known as Samwel Cave, as this seems to correspond with the Wintuan folk tale that describes a woman who ventured into a cave and fell into a pit so deep she could not be recovered (but her spirit could be heard wailing from the cavern), and the corresponding news articles detailing the actual discovery of a woman's remains in that cavern when explored. (DuBois p. 77 and Merriam 264-72[2]).

  • unknown grave, no dates

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