Louis Choris, Exotic Subjects
It is certainly unfortunate that much of the history of California's earliest human inhabitants has been lost. We know from the archaeological record that human habitation of what is now California dates from at least 13,000 years ago (Brain Fagan, Before California, Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Here we see French artist Louis Choris's rendering in 1822 of San Francisco Mission Indians in headdresses. To my mind, this headwear is reminiscent of what we see today in the Amazon regions of S. America.