by Mary Ann Brensel
rafts, and walking were the Yokuts’ main forms of
Before the settlers came, they had no horses, so they carried
everything they used or needed. They walked wherever they
needed to go.
If they were
near a river or a lake, they made a boat and used it for
transportation. The boats and rafts were made from
grew near lakes and rivers. They were able to hold two to four
people or sometimes more.
The Yokuts made the boats in spring
and early summer and built them upside-down. They dried and
hardened the poles of the boat over a fire. That made the
poles strong and practically waterproof. The boats were
sometimes 50 feet long, 10 feet wide, and four feet deep.