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Mojave Desert Indians - Historic Desert Indian Territories Map:
Indian Culture
(Owens Valley Paiute, Tubatulabal, Western Mono, Yokuts)


Musical Instruments

Among the Yokuts, these included: the split stick, the cocoon rattle, the four-holed flute, but no drums. (Kroeber, 1925:509; for Yokuts flute, see plate 43; for cocoon rattle, fig. 37-a.) The Owens Valley people used a somewhat similar flute made of elderberry (Sambucus mexicana), rattles made either of cocoons, deer's ears, or the split stick, and possibly the musical bow. (Steward, 1933: 277-8, For Paiute doctor's flute see Steward, fig. 9, p. 277.) Were one to go farther afield in the Great Basin he could include the typically Shoshonean notched stick rasp.

Miscellaneous Arts and Implements

Fire making was accomplished with the widespread fire drill and hearth. In Owens Valley, the former was made of cane. (See Steward, p. 276 and plate 3-a, for a photograph of an Indian using the fire drill).

Paint, glue and knives in Owens Valley are described in Steward, 1933:276-7.

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Introduction & Overview
Tribal Distributions
Subsistence
Weapons, Houses, Clothing
Pottery
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Transportation
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