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Cahuilla IndiansThe 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 Serrano, and the Chemehuevi to the northeast. They lived in independent clans of approximately 600-800 people controlling their own separate territories.
Material Culture, TechnologyThe Cahuillas hunted with throwing sticks, clubs, nets, traps, dead falls with seed triggers, spring-poled snares, arrows (often poison-tipped) and...
Trade, Exchange, StorageThe Cahuilla used huge basketry granaries set on poles for storing acorns, mesquite beans, screw beans, and other ...
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