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Mary Hunter Austin (1868 - 1934)
A writer and an activist, having joined in the battle against Los Angeles over the water rights to the Owens valley, Mary Austin started her adult life as a tutor for children.
She became friends with the Paiute tribe. Geologists, explorers, and botanists sought her out because of her knowledge of the land. People such as President Theodore Roosevelt acknowledged her as an expert on Indian affairs. Her works include: The Land of Little Rain, The Arrow Maker, Toas Pueblo, and The Ford.