Language: Southern Numic
Family: Numic
Stock: Uto-Aztecan
Phylum: Aztec-Tanoan
Macro-Culture: Transition - Central California and Great Basin
Speakers 10 or less      1962 Chafe
     The Kawaiisu were a semi-nomadic hunter/gatherer tribe that ranged throughout the Tehachapi Mountains. They were closely related to the Chemehuevi, and, therefore, the Southern Paiute. They were devastated by the gold rush miners and settlers, as well as U. S. military aggression.
Aboriginal Locations
Primary territories in the Tehachapi Pass but ranged great distances
Present Locations
Some descendants at TULE RIVER RESERVATION, Porterville while others absorbed into the local culture and to the west in Tejon Pass
Year History
1776 Visited by Garcés
1844 John C. Fremont passed through area
1850 John C. Fremont passed through area
1863 Massacre of 35 unarmed Kawaiisu by soldiers under Capt. Moses McLaughlin
Year Population Source
1700 500 NAHDB calculation
1770 500 Kroeber estimate
1800 400 NAHDB calculation
1900 150 NAHDB calculation
1910 150 Kroeber estimate
1984 35 Zigmond
2000 50 NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Chemehuevi, Southern Paiute AZ NV, Ute CO NM UT
Kawaiisu Sites
Indian Baskerweavers Gather Willow
Indian Wells Valley
Kawaiisu - SFSU Narrative
Kawaiisu Blog
Kawaiisu Culture
Kawaiisu Culture
Kawaiisu Language
Kawaiisu Language
Kawaiisu Language Map
Kawaiisu Linguistic Lineage
Kawaiisu Native American Artist David Laughing Horse Robinson ...
Kawaiisu Petroglyphs at Steam Well
Kawiisu Research
Kawaiisu Tribe
Kawaiisu Tribe
Kawaiisu Tribe of the Tejon Reservation
Native Languages Slowly Dying
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Relationship of Native American Cultures to the Death Valley Area
Supernatural World of the Kawaiisu
Tomo-Kahni Project
Tomo-Kahni SHP
Ute-Chemehuevi Group

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