Topic: Serrano

Serrano Tribe

Serrano Indians (Spanish: ‘highlanders’, ‘monntaineer-‘ ). A Shoshonean division with a common dialect, centering in the San Bernardino mountains, southern California, north of Los Angeles, but extending down Mohave river at least to Daggett and north across the Mohave desert into the valley of Tejon creek. They also occupied San Bernardino valley. Fray Francisco Garcés. in 1775-76, described the Serranos near Tejon creek, under the name Cuahajai or Cuabajay (their Mohave name), as living in large square communal houses of toile mats on a framework of willow, each family having its own fireplace; they made small baskets, flint knives, and

Serrano Indians

Serrano Indians – A Spanish word, meaning “mountaineers.” Also called: Banumints, Chemehuevi name. Ców-ang-a-chem, own name (Barrows 1900). Cuabajái, applied by Mohave to those about Tejon Creek. Genigueches, by Games in 1776. Gikidanum, or Gitanemuk, Serrano of upper Tejon and Paso Creeks in the San Joaquin Valley drainage. Hanakwiche, by some Yuman tribes. Hanyuveche, Mohave name. Kaiviat-am, given by a native as their own name, from kai-ch, “mountain.” Kuvahaivima, Mohave name for those about Tejon Creek. Marangakh, by their southern and other neighbors. Marayam, Luisefio name. Mayintalap, southern Yokuts name for Serrano of upper Tejon, Paso, and possibly Pastoria Creeks,