Language: Southern Numic
Family: Numic
Stock: Uto-Aztecan
Phylum: Aztec-Tanoan
Macro-Culture: Colorado River
Speakers 1,984   Entire language 
The Chemehuevi were  hunter/farmer and hunter/gatherer tribes who ranged over the eastern half of the Mojave Desert to points on the Colorado River. Linguistically, they are closely related to the Southern Paiute. They were friends with the Takic peoples of southern California to the west. They suffered in conflicts with the River Yuman tribes and Whites. Some western bands absorbed into the Southern California macro-culture prior to White arrival.  Ultimately, many individuals absorbed into other cultures.  
Aboriginal Locations
Hokwaits, Kauyaichits, Mokwats, Moviats, Palonies, Shivawach, Tümpisagavatsits, Yagats (also had 3 geographical divisions, Northern, Southern, and Desert)
Present Locations
Year History
1776 Met by Garcés
1867 War with Mojave, fought well though out numbered, fled to desert
1898 Possible year of smallpox epidemic
Year Population Source
1700 1000 NAHDB calculation
1770 1550 Kroeber estimate (incl. Koso, Kawaiisu)
1800 900 NAHDB calculation
1873 800 US Indian Office
1900 400 NAHDB calculation
1910 300 Kroeber estimate
1973 36 BIA
1989 123 BIA
2000 150 NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Kawaiisu, Southern Paiute, Ute
Chemehuevi Links
Carolbeth Tucker Laird
Carolbeth Tucker Laird
Chemehuevi (Representations at this link questionable)
Chemehuevi Authors
Chemehuevi Baskets
Chemehuevi Basketry and Pottery$fct15052&displayProfile=1
The Chemehuevi Indians of Southern California  (Excellent historical/cultural site)
Chemehuevi Granary$fct15051&displayProfile=1
Chemehuevi Gourd Rattle
Chemehuevi - Havasu Magazine
Chemehuevi House on the Colorado River$fct15050&displayProfile=1
Chemehuevi Indian Boy
Chemehuevi Indian History
Chemehuevi Indian Language
Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
Chemehuevi Indian Lexicon
Chemehuevi Modern Home
Chemehuevi Photos  *
Chemehuevi Reservation
Chemehuevi Tribe
Culture and Ethnobotany
Flag of the Colorado River Indians
Granite Mountains Archeological Survey
A Land of Plenty
Mojave Desert
Mojave National Preserve
Mojave National Preserve
Native Americans of the Mojave Desert:  Chemehuevi
Online Chemehuevi Dictionary
Paiute and Chemehuevi
Primitive Chemehuevi Dwelling$fct15049&displayProfile=1
Revival a Way to Connect With the Land
Southern Paiute and (Chemehuevi) Orientation
Sugar and Salt
Ute-Chemehuevi Group - SFSU Narrative
Ute-Southern Paiute Language
Ute-Southern Paiute Linguistic Lineage
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