One of Many Lucys


I recently (finally) finished a story about Lucy Romero for the North Coast Journal. It is an important story and I am thankful to Thad Greenson, their editor, for working so long and patiently with me to get it done.

There is one point I failed to include though and so want to share it here. This is from a post I did years ago, but it is just as important to remember now…

In the western movie, Broken Trail  , there is a scene where Robert Duvall struggles to learn the names of five Chinese girls under his care.  They speak no English and growing frustrated, Duvall’s character points to each one in turn and names them, “One, Two, Three, Four… “.  The girls accept the names, because they have no choice.

The same thing happened here.  When the white settlers arrived, they re “named” the native people.  Smo-Wa became Henry Capell (he was from the village of Capell).  Corn-no-wish became Weichpec Oscar.  Zo-wish-wish, a Wiyot woman related to Lucy’s daughter, Annie, was also known as “Rose”.

Lucy, the woman I write about, was only one of many “Lucys”.


7 Responses to One of Many Lucys

  1. lnaymorgan says:

    Can’t wait to read it!!! I’m in process of getting new sun glasses( prescription) since mine broke! Oh well, now I can see when I’m driving!!! 😍

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Ron Gallagher says:

    Glad to see this published. It may not be your original plan, but the story is out there for others to see and learn. Congrats!

  3. Dan says:

    Ms. Mullen, thank you so much for writing the story of Lucy Romero. We must never forget these stories and the wrongs that were perpetrated against Native people. I take every opportunity to stand up for them as even today the hate that some people exhibit towards Native people is heartbreaking. I am a strong believer in epigenetics i.e., the experiences of our ancestors is written in our DNA. It is my belief that many in the Native American community experience the physiological effects of the violence and other indignations that were perpetrated on their ancestors not too long ago.

    • Lynette M says:

      Dan, this was a difficult story to write and took me far longer than it should have but I am glad you found it.

  4. olmanriver says:

    Well said Dan on all accounts. Lynette’s history research is a very important view through the veil of ignorance and shame about this tragic genocidal period in Northcoast history. History’s ‘winners’ write a proud history too often through ‘rose-colored glasses’. California history textbooks reflect this resistance to portray the truth. Jack Norton in a recent paper emphasizes our moral imperative to tell the truth about these times, as Lynette has so successfully done.

  5. Carrie Zimmerman says:

    The spelling if the village is Kep’el, on Highway 169 there are 2 roads, they used to be one road until a flood washed the middle out, now we have Upper Cappell Rd. and Lower Cappell Rd. I have lived on both roads in my life and recently move to the other side of the Klamath River and reside on Tulley Creek Rd.

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