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Mojave Desert Indians - Historic Desert Indian Territories Map:

Tataviam Indians

The Tataviam region covered the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys north to the Antelope Valley. They came to the area from the north possibly as far back as 450 A.D. They were formerly thought to have been a branch of the Serrano even though they spoke a different Shoshonean language. Actually they were a branch of the Fernandeno. Tataviam means "People facing the Sun".


"Aliklik" was a name given and meant to insult the Tatavium. The Tataviam took the area over about 950 AD and to their neighbors the language of the new people sounded like stammering with clicking noises.

Vasquez Rocks
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Tataviam Territory


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