Photographer's Note

The Ahwahneechee - Native Americans lived peacefully in Yosemite Valley for centuries, until 1851 when the first whitemen entered the Valley. The Mariposa Battalion was a quasi military, but more like a vigilante group with the goal of ridding the Valley of Native Americans.

They captured the Ahwahneechee chief Tenaya's three sons and along with others, removed them from the Valley. The Ahwahneechee name for the 3 granited peaks in this image meant "Leaping Frogs". The whitemen named it Three Brothers after the sons. Also in the scene is Bridalveil Fall.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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