This is a collection of notes made by Constance Goddard DuBois regarding Mission Indian games, history, language, music, and
names. Notes are undated.
Constance Goddard Du Bois (1889-1934) was a successful novelist who lived in Connecticut, became interested in the Indians
of southern California on a visit there around the turn of the century. From 1897 to 1907 she became increasingly involved
in efforts to assist the Luiseño and Diegueño peoples of the area, spending many of her summers with them. At home in the
winter she worked vigorously to bring the situation of these desperately poor people to the attention of her neighbors and
officials of the Indian Bureau, through correspondence and lectures. Her efforts put her in touch with anthropologists and
other scholars with similar interests, and she began to publish some of the many myths and legends she collected from her
Diegueño and Luiseño friends in southern California.
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