Adopted by Indians: A True Story


Paperback, 7 x 10, 192 pages,
with b&w illustrations.
ISBN: 9780930588939.
Available on Aerio and at your
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By Thomas Jefferson Mayfield


Adopted by Indians gives younger readers a close-up view of traditional California Indian life and early California.

Thomas Jefferson Mayfield kept a wonderful secret for almost sixty years; the secret of his childhood among the Choinumne Indians of California’s San Joaquin Valley. For twelve years he played and slept alongside Choinmune children, he hunted and fished with them, ate their food and wore their clothes. Adopted by Indians is the story of a boy who had an adventure that we can only dream about and it is absolutely true.

Adopted by Indians has been approved by the California Department of Education and is listed in the Instructional Materials Approved for Legal Compliance Catalog.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas Jefferson Mayfield


Thomas Jefferson Mayfield was born in Texas in 1844 and moved to California at the age of six. In 1862, he moved to Visalia, California to attend school. After retirement, Mayfield returned to the San Joaquin Valley and spent his last years in the small town, Tailholt. He died in 1928.