Native Culture

When the Cavalry Saves the Day

“Two men were in charge of a station at Egan Canyon in Nevada. One morning a band of Indians captured them, after a battle. The chief chose to make the prisoners feed his braves before murdering them, and compelled them to cook an immense quantity of bread.  The Indians gorged themselves during the day, while... Read More »

Serrano Woman of Tejon

“The Serranos (Spanish, “mountaineers”), a Shoshonean branch comprising numerous local groups, occupied San Bernardino valley, San Bernardino mountains north of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, a portion of Mojave desert north of that range and east of Mojave river, and Tehachapi mountains. This last group, who lived principally on El Paso and Tejon creeks, were... Read More »

Tools of the Desert Indians

The tools of the desert dwellers varied with specific material available and with the individual Takic or Numic bands of Uto-Aztecan speaking Indians: Vanyume, Paiute, Chemehuevi or Kawiisu. Simple wood fire drills enabled Native Americans to make fire. By burning roots of a tree or bush, the Paiute preserved the fire. Use of rolled up... Read More »

Life in Harmony with Nature

Indians living in harmony with nature is an idealization to say the least. Life was hard and often got harder as evidenced by Olive Oatman’s observations of the Mojave Indians in the 1850s. “One day I was out gathering. Chottatoe, when I was suddenly surprised and frightened by running upon one of the victims of... Read More »

Lost City

Burrowing into the sandhills of Southern Nevada, archeologists have uncovered the homes and utensils of a thriving Indian civilization which existed 300 or 400 years before Columbus discovered America. Now the rising waters of Lake Mead are about to submerge the Lost City and remove it permanently from the field of research. But in the... Read More »

Community …

– I’ve noticed that community bedrock mortars are mostly located in the most beautiful and pleasant locations. Community mortar stone – Lake Arrowhead,... Read More »

Nuts

A description of green cone pinon nut harvesting. From: Indian use of Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands Originally titled – Role of Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands in Aboriginal Societies of the Desert West Joel C. Janetski Gathering of Pine Nuts Pine nuts were usually gathered in the early fall at about the time of the first frosts. Two methods were... Read More »

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