Zuñi Indian Bands, Gens and Clans

Many tribes have sub-tribes, bands, gens, clans and phratry.  Often very little information is known or they no longer exist.  We have included them here to provide more information about the tribes.

Apoya. The extinct Sky clan of the Zuni.

Ataakwe (seed people) A people encountered by the Zuñi before reaching their final residing place at Zuñi, N. Mex. They joined the Seed clan of the Zuñi, whose descendants constitute the present Taakwe, or Corn clan, of that tribe. Cashing in The Millstone, ix, 2, 23, 1884.

Chitola. The nearly extinct Rattle snake clan of the Zuñi.

Etaa. The Turtle clan of the Zuni of New Mexico. It appears to be extinct.

Itiwa Ateuna (those of the midmost all). A Zuñi phratry embracing the Pichi or Mula (Parrot or Macaw), Taa (Seed or Corn), and Yatokya (Sun) clans. Gushing, inf’n, 1891.

Iyama Ateuna (those of the upper most). A phratry embracing the Kyakyali (Eagle) and Ana (Tobacco) clans of the Zuñi. Gushing, inf’n, 1891.


Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906.

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