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.
Did they wear feather headdresses and face paint? Shasta men wore short wraparound kilts, buckskin shirts, and, in colder weather, leather leggings. Shasta women wore sleeveless blouses and long skirts made of deerskin and grasses decorated with beads.
Deer meat and acorns were the main foods of the Shasta people. They also ate bear, several small animals and birds, salmon, trout, eels, crawfish, turtles, mussels, grasshoppers and crickets. While the men hunted and fished, the women gathered acorns, other nuts, seeds, roots, bulbs, and insects.
Because of the mild climate, California peoples wore little clothing. Women typically wore a short skirt made of animal skin or plant fibers, especially those of bark. Men wore a breechcloth or nothing at all. For protection from wind and rain, both men and women used skin robes.
The Shasta tribe spoke in the Shastan dialect, part of the Hokan language.
In the late 1850s the Shastan peoples of California were forcibly removed from their territories and also sent to the same two distant reservations. 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.
Today, this group is federally recognized. However, the Shasta, as a separate tribe are not. Some Shasta descendants still reside at the Grande Ronde and Siletz Reservations in Oregon. The Shasta language no longer has any fluent speakers but language revitalization efforts are underway.
Shasta Indians had a monetary system that used dentalia shells as currency. Other goods that had trade value were woodpecker scalps, deer skins, and beads. It was often up to the headman to determine payment amounts and to settle any village disputes, which could also be done with these forms of currency.
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.
Yurok men did not really wear clothes but sometimes they wore short skirts. Women wore long skirts made out of grass, shells, and beads. They did not wear shirts in hot weather but they wore deerskin ponchos when it was cold. Yuroks enjoyed basket weaving, canoe making, storytelling, singing, and dancing.
The clothes worn by the Chumash men were limited to aprons woven from grass or bark fibers. In the winter months warm clothing was needed made from the hides of animals such as deer (buckskin), elk, squirrel, rabbit, black bear and wildcats. The Chumash garments included fur robes, kilts or aprons, and leggings.
Yurok women wore long grass skirts decorated with shells and beads. Shirts were not necessary in the Yurok culture, but both men and women wore ponchos or deerskin robes in cool or rainy weather. The Yuroks wore sandals or moccasins on their feet and strands of shell necklaces around their necks.
Height and Location of Mount Shasta At 14,179 feet (4,322 meters) in elevation, it is the fifth highest mountain in California, and the second highest mountain in the Cascade Range (Mount Rainier is 249 feet higher), and the 46th highest mountain in the United States.