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Serrano IndiansThe territory of the Serrano included the entire San Bernardino range of mountains, west into the San Gabriel mountains to North Baldy (Mt Baden-Powell), south across the San Bernardino Valley and eastward to near 29 Palms and the Oasis of Mara.
Traditional TerritoryThe territorial claims of the different ethnic groups who occupied the Mojave and ...
Material Culture, TechnologyThe Serranos acquired the many species of large and small animals available in the area with ...
Trade, Exchange, StorageTheir principal trading partners were the Mojave to the east and the Gabrielino to the west, but they also traded with ...
Social structure... each of whom belonged to either of two exogamous moieties, Coyote or Wildcat. Each clan was composed of ...
Religion, World ViewSerrano world view, like its culture in general, is less well known than that of some of their neighbors, such as the ...
2002 The Native American Ethnography and Ethnohistory of Joshua Tree National Park, An Overview.
by Lowell John Bean, Ph.D. and Sylvia Brakke Vane, M.A.
Sub-groups of the Serrano; Vanyume, Kitanemuk
More about the Serrano
Tejon Serrano man (E. Curtis 1924)
Tejon Serrano woman (E. Curtis 1924)
Native Location: Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California
Food: Acorn, Manzanita berries, pine nuts, yucca, deer, rabbit
Language: Takic branch of Uto-Aztecan
Cultural Notes: They were once sedentary hunter-gatherers. Serrano is Spanish for "mountaineer", but they called themselves Yuharetum, which means "people of the pines."