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

People of the Mountains

The Nuwa Tribe

 
 
People of the Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 21, 2019
1. People of the Mountains Marker
Inscription.  In this village scene from before contact with the white man, women weave baskets and grind foodstuffs in bedrock mortars. Children play games, as the men make tools and weave rabbit pelt blankets. The border shows more recent members and elders of the tribe, and baskets for which the local Indians were known.

The background includes local pictographs, a natural lake and the natural vegetation still visible in the area, such as cattails and rushes. The domed huts are called kahni, which means house in the Kawaiisu or Nüwa language.
 
Erected 2004 by Tehachapi Heritage League & Tehachapi Main Street. (Marker Number 25.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 35° 7.856′ N, 118° 26.88′ W. Marker is in Tehachapi, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of West F Street and Green Street, on the left when traveling west on West F Street. Located north side of the Hitching
People of the Mountains Mural image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
2. People of the Mountains Mural
Marker is mounted on the wall to the left of the mural.
Post Theaters. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 South Green Street, Tehachapi CA 93561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hitching Post Theatre (a few steps from this marker); What a Shock! The 1952 Earthquake (within shouting distance of this marker); Mining, Gold, Salt and Limestone (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Settlements in The Tehachapi Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Tehachapi Airport and Gliderport (within shouting distance of this marker); Monolith (within shouting distance of this marker); Ranching, Farming and Orchards (within shouting distance of this marker); The Women's Prison in Tehachapi - 1932 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tehachapi.
 
More about this marker. Painted by artist Colleen Mitchell-Veyna
 
People of the Mountains Mural image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
3. People of the Mountains Mural
People of the Mountains Mural image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
4. People of the Mountains Mural
Late Andy Greene (left) had protected the Tomo Kahnl site & Harold Williams (right) is the current Nuooah Elder.
People of the Mountains Mural image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
5. People of the Mountains Mural
The women are grinding acorns on rock mortars and behind them the rocks are adorn with paintings.
People of the Mountains Mural image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
6. People of the Mountains Mural
Nuooh women are making baskets and behind them are their homes called "kahn-hi" made out of willow branches and thatched tules from the local area of Tehachapi.
People of the Mountains Mural image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 18, 2012
7. People of the Mountains Mural
Emma Williams was known as master basket marker and Nooah elder.
Indian Mortar Grinding Rock image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 8, 2012
8. Indian Mortar Grinding Rock
Plaque reads: Indian Mortar Rock found on line of Southern Pacific Company Caliente Canyon. Used by the Kawaiisu Indians for grinding acorns and other wild edibles.

Located at the Kern County Museum out front next to the Chamber of Commerce Building on 3801 Chester Avenue in Bakersfield.
People of the Mountains Mural image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 21, 2019
9. People of the Mountains Mural
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 622 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on October 3, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on October 3, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 26, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   9. submitted on October 3, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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