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Tehachapi in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Nwa - Kawaiisu People

 
 
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By Craig Baker, September 21, 2019
1. Nwa - Kawaiisu Marker
Inscription.  
“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” as we were assured by Mark Twain, and so it is with the Nwa/Kawaiisu people, the hunter/gatherers who inhabited the areas from the Southern Sierra Nevada, through the Tehachapi mountains and into the southwestern Great Basin and the western Mojave Desert since pre-historic times -- Do not think of them as totally gone -- they certainly are not! Ancestors of "the people", the Nwa/Kawaiisu still live in the area. They are, and should be, proud of themselves and the legacy of their ancestors. The Nwa/Kawaiisu were the first known people to live on or near this site from as far back as 1,500 to 3,000 years ago in a village, and by a lake known as Tehechita (the first U.S. Post Office probably got its name from Tiha-chipi-a, the Nwa/Kawaiisu word for "hard climb") and this place should not be forgotten.

"Yuwa-Hanoak Tama Nisuma-Kweh-Vaad Itaabym" (Never will we forget the ancestors) -- Quote "stolen” (with permission) from "Handbook of the Kawaiisu” by local author/archaeologist Alan P. Garfinkel PhD.

The Nwa/Kawaiisu people have many
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By Craig Baker, September 21, 2019
2. Nwa - Kawaiisu Marker
stories, usually passed down by an elder, and usually about lessons to learn from the wolf, mountain lion, rattlesnake, or coyote -- mostly the coyote. Here is an example: "Coyote was carrying a basket with many children in it. He grew tired and set the basket on the ground. The children came out and ran away. They scattered in every direction. That is why people are all over the earth."

Clampers, as we call ourselves, like to have fun, and apparently so does the State of California Parks Dept. -- Their website, talking about the Kawaiisu, and about occasionally happening upon some of their "Rock Art"; "These people are known for both petroglyph (stone tapped) and pictograph (painted) art", it says, "While we can identify resemblances between the pictographs and known objects or beings, we can only speculate about what they mean. When viewing these pictographs or petroglyphs, it may be prudent to keep your distance. It is said to touch them causes blindness!" Someone in the Parks Dept. must be a Clamper!

Plaque Dedicated during our Fall Doins', September 21, 2019, by The Peter Lebeck Chapter 1866 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Erected 2019 by E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location.
Nwa - Kawaiisu Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 21, 2019
3. Nwa - Kawaiisu Marker
35° 8.91′ N, 118° 29.658′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Woodford-Tehachapi Road south of Country Club Drive, on the left when traveling south. Located next to the parking lot of Golden Hills Nature Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22630 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Old Town" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Duty~Honor~Country (approx. 2.7 miles away); Tehachapi Loop Mural (approx. 2.7 miles away); Original site of the First Catholic Church in 1887 (approx. 2.8 miles away); Gallinger House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Odd Fellows Hall (approx. 2.8 miles away); Red Front Blacksmith Shop Mural (approx. 2.8 miles away); Peery House (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
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Marker Unveiling Ceremony image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 21, 2019
4. Marker Unveiling Ceremony
Golden Hills Nature Park and Lake image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 21, 2019
5. Golden Hills Nature Park and Lake
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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