The Wild, Anarchist Homesteader of Big Sur Who Preserved Native Languages

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The Wild, Anarchist Homesteader of Big Sur Who Preserved Native Languages

De Angulo homesteaded his “brush” on Partington Ridge, some 1,600 feet above the ocean, when Big Sur, which remains staggeringly rugged today, was infinitely moreso. Cowboy, doctor, ethnographer, grammarian, homesteader, poet, teller of tales—all along the Pacific Coast, especially in the middle zone (Big Sur cliffs plunging to white surf, Berkeley bookshops holding centuries of lore), de Angulo is a legend, a cult figure. A Californian with a plot of land in the Santa Lucia mountains of Big Sur, a remote homestead to counterbalance periods spent in a Bay Area cottage. The Old Coyote of Big SurThe old coyote. “Senores of the brush.”De Angulo homesteaded his “brush” on Partington Ridge, some 1,600 feet above the ocean, when Big Sur, which remains staggeringly rugged today, was infinitely moreso.

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