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Memorial to Ruby Eleanor Modesto (1913-1980)


In many ways, Ruby appears to have come into her own during the last two decades of her life. Her association with Douglas Fain of Indio led to a deep interest in Cahuilla prehistory. It was while this interest was developing that I met her. Her concern over the loss of traditional culture led to her undertaking a tutorial program for the local Cahuilla children, emphasizing teaching the native language. This program is continuing under the direction of her husband, David, whom she married in 1935. Those of us in the anthropological community who knew Ruby miss her both as a sincere friend and a knowledgeable consultant on Desert Cahuilla culture.

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