(Documentary Artifact): One b/w negative of Yellow Sky (also known as A-mi Qut-a-Qus, Qut A Qus, Amaay Kwakwas) standing by a pile of corn husks in front of a tree. He wears a kerchief tied around his head and a breechcloth.
Notes on negative envelope:
86:15900-1208/ Davis Coll/ dup. Neg./ A-Mi-Qut-A-Qus at/ woodpile/ ?
*According to additional information provided on 10/2011 by a member of the E.H. Davis Project Scholar Advisory Committee: Yellow Sky was from Yuma and traveled to San Diego often.
He brought bundles of wood and other items to trade for food and shelter. He lived his last years in the care of John and Carmen Rodriguez at Capitan Grande. There is a family photo at Barona Museum that includes these grandparents of Josephine Curo ‘Sister’ Romero with Yellow Sky and his small dog. He was buried at Capitan Grande, where he passed away. The grave was moved to Barona during the removal of the people and their cemetery to the new reservation.
**According to additional information provided on 12/2011 by Richard Carrico, a member of the E.H. Davis Project Scholar Advisory Committee: According to Tom Lucas (Kumeyaay elder) and the anthropologist J. P. Harrington, Yellow Sky was born in Quechan (Yuman) territory where his father had gone to live with his mother’s people. He came to live in the Laguna Mountains sometime around 1900 and was a traveler who went to many of the Ipai/Tipai and Luiseno villages and settlements and regularly trekked out to the Colorado River to visit friends and family. His name was written by Lucas and Harrington as Amaay Kwakwas (similar to Ami Qut-a-Qus as written by Davis). He was a healer (kuseyaay or kwasijay)and a sage who was greatly respected.