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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
bands, including the
Chemehuevi. Culturally distinct, these groups nevertheless
spoke related languages and had similar socioeconomic systems. Resource gathering was done in family
groups over wide areas, but for at least part of each year life centered on more permanent villages. The
tribes knew much about Mojave Desert resources, enabling them to gather supplies from all portions of
their territories. Each tribe was further divided into extended family units that were independant of
each other except for trade, intermarriage and occasional war. This loose-knit structure resulted
in smaller bands rather than large tribes.
Historical Sketch of the California IndiansThis sketch covers five major time periods in California history ...
Indian Slave TradeThe Indian slave trade in the desert was brutal and often deadly
Desert & Mountain Indian TribesFor millennia, American Indian peoples lived within the area, using the resources and lands to sustain ...
Spanish PeriodThe Mojaves first appear in the written record in the records of a Spanish expedition from New Mexico led by Juan de Onate in 1604, seeking the ...
Early Historic PeriodThe Chemehuevi are the southernmost branch of the Southern Paiute people. According to Isabel Kelly's consultants, the Chemehuevis split from the ...
Early HistoryThe arrival of the Spanish and Mexicans in southern California in 1769 may have pushed them further inland and further into the mountains. ...
Mission PeriodThe Serrano were a fairly numerous people when the Spanish arrived in 1769, but beginning about 1790, the westernmost of them began to be drawn into ...
HistoryThe first mention of the Kawaiisu is found in the 1776 diary of Francisco Garces. At the time, his party was crossing the Tehachapis and encountered ...
Contents & Introduction
Prospectors & Miners
Route 66 & Hoover Dam
Profiles in Mojave Desert History
Antonio, Chief Juan - Cahuilla
“I come not here as a child,” he said. “I wish to punish my people my own way. If they deserve hanging, I will hang them. If a white man deserves hanging, let the white man hang him. I am done.”
Cairook - Mohave
Irataba (Irrateba) - Mohave
On the edge of the throng sat a tall, well formed man, naked save for a breech clout. Now and then his eyes turned toward the white men in ...
Queho - Southern Paiute
Tecopa, Chief - Southern Paiute
Chief Tecopa was the leader of the Ash Meadows, Pahrump, and Shoshone/Tecopa area band of Southern Paiute.
Walkara - Ute
Because he spoke both English and Spanish, he became a successful trader. He specialized in trading horses and slaves.