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The Cahuilla are Takic [Uto-Aztecan] peoples arriving in southern California about 2,000-2,500 years ago.
They were peaceful hunter/gatherer mountain and desert cultures. They ranged over the
entire San Bernardino basin, the San Jacinto Mountains, the Coachella Valley, and portions of the
southern Mojave. Their northern neighbors were the
to the northeast. They
lived in independent clans of approximately 600-800 people controlling their own separate territories.
Social StructureCahuilla clans belonged to either Wildcat or Coyote moieties, which were exogamous, non-political, and ...
Timeline1774 The first encounter with Europeans was when Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition was looking for a ...
Traditional TerritoryIn the Claims Case, the Cahuilla claimed the following: ...
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Cahuilla Woman - Rosebelle Nombrie