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Vigil honors Tolowa victims

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Community members gather for a vigil in honor of Tolowa dead near Battery Point Lighthouse. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
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As the tide receded Friday evening, the waters beneath Battery Point Lighthouse made way for a vigil held to honor Tolowa people who had been slaughtered nearby in 1853, and those who had survived.

Following the retelling of that gruesome history, the names of 38 presumed survivors were read aloud as teal waters reeled in the background. 

“It’s important to read their names because ... of the Tolowa people here (today),” said Smith River Rancheria Tribal Citizen Lenora Hall, who read some of the names, each one preceded by the Tolowa word day-sri, meaning “poor thing, beloved.” 


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