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History - Native Culture

Archaeology/Pre-history

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Natural & Cultural Settings

What is Archaeology?

Archaeological Time Periods

Fossil Shell Layers

Lost City

Newberry Cave

Tomo-Kahni

Atlatl Intaglio

Desert Tortoise Intaglio

Double Indian Circle

Mystery Circles

Indian Trail

Indian Bedrock Mortar

Rock Cairns

Geoglyphs

Topock Maze

Petroglyphs

Basketry

Projectile Points and Edges

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Paleo-Indians

Prehistoric Cultures of Death Valley

During the Pleistocene Era, a period that witnessed a cool, moist climate south of the continental ice sheets, these ...

Historic Arizona

The Paleo-Indian Clovis people, the earliest known settlers of Arizona, arrived in the State at least 12,000 years ago near the end of ...

Paleo-Indians, Pinto Culture

As the Pleistocene Epoch drew to a close ten thousand years ago, and the rivers of glacial ice melted, people lived in an environment dramatically different from ...

Indians of the Eastern Mojave

In general, these tribal peoples occupied the lands as small, mobile social units of related families who traveled in regular patterns and established summer or winter camps in customary places ...

E.F. Curtis photo - Indian potter, 1921

Desert Indians

Several tribal groups have lived in the Mojave Desert within the past 2,000 years. The northern and eastern portions, for example, were occupied by the ...

Tribes of the 35th Parallel

Let us accompany Messrs. Whipple and Ives, for the sake of some new and curious acquaintance-for which we shall be ...

Paiute & Shoshone Cultures of Death Valley

For millennia, American Indian peoples lived within the area, using the resources and lands to sustain their lives and cultures. These lands have ...

Native American History in the Mojave Preserve

About 11,000 years ago, the region's ecological zones were one thousand feet lower in elevation than today due to the cooler and wetter weather ...

How Indians Used Plants

In the desert, Indians found native plants and other natural objects that not only ensured their survival but also ...

Basketry

It has always amazed me…the first person that walked into the forest, and come out with a basket.

Indian use of Pinyon-juniper Woodlands

(Role of Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands in Aboriginal Societies of the Desert West) Archaeological data and ethnographic accounts testify of the importance of resources available in the ...

Historical Sketch of the California Indians

This sketch covers five major time periods in California history. They are the following natural divisions: the time prior to European contact, the period ...

Ethnohistory

Ethnohistory is a field of study that blends archaeology, ethnology, and history, using ...

Desert Indian Languages

The languages of the Indians in the Mojave Desert are rooted in two basic groups, that of ...

Indian Slave Trade

The Indian slave trade in the desert was brutal and often deadly.

ecology: wildlife - plants - geography: places - MAPS - roads & trails: route 66 - old west - communities - weather - glossary
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