Monthly archives: December, 2015

Chief Tenaya (???? – 1853)

Tenaya, Chief of the Yosemities, inhabited the Yosemite Valley at the time of its discovery by westerners.

The First View of Yosemite by Westerners

History has stated the first view of Yosemite Valley by westerners was when the Mariposa Battalion, in pursuit of Chief Tenaya and his renegades that attacked James Savage’s trading post and others near Mariposa, entered the valley March 25, 1851. But were they the first westerners to actually have the first view of the valley?