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Yavapai Indians

Yavapai Indians. According to the Handbook of American Indians (Hodge, 1907, 1910), from enyaéva, “sun,” and pai, “people,” and thus signifying “people of the sun,” but the southeastern Yavapai interpreted it to mean “crooked-mouth people,” that is, a “sulky” people who do not agree with other peoples (fide Gifford, 1936). Also called: Apache Mohaves, in Rep. Office Ind. Aff., 1869, p. 92; 1870. Apaches, by Garcés in 1775-76 (Diary, p. 446, 1900) ; also by Spaniards. Cruzados, by Oñate in 1598 (Col. Doc. Ined., vol. 16, p. 276, 1864-84). Dil-zha, by White (MS.); Apache name meaning “Indians living where there are red ants.” E-nyab-va Pai, by Ewing (1892, p. 203), meaning “sun people” because they were sun worshipers. Gohún, by Ten Kate, (1884, p. 5), Apache name. Har-dil-zhays, by White (1875 MS.), Apache name. Inya’vapé, by Harrington (1908, p. 324), Walapai name. Jum-pys, by Heintzelman, (1857, p. 44) Kohenins, by Corbusier (1886, p. 276), Apache name. Ku-we-vĕ-ka pai-ya, by Corbusier (MS., p. 27); said to be own name, because they live in the south. Nyavapai, by Corbusier (1886, p. 276). Taros, by Garcés in 1775-76 (Diary, p. 446, 1900), Pima name. Yampaos, by Whipple (1856, p. 103). Yavapai Connections. The Yavapai belonged to the Yuman branch of the Hokan linguistic family, their closest cultural affiliations being with the Havasupai and Walapai. Yavapai Location. In western Arizona from the Pinal and Mazatzal Mountains to the country of the Halchidhoma and Chemehuevi in the neighborhood of Colorado River and from Williams and Santa Maria Rivers, including the valleys of the smaller branches, to the neighbor-hood of the Gila River. Yavapai Subdivisions...

Yavapai 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. Aguachacha. The Yavapai name of a tribe, evidently Yuman, living on the lower Colorado in Arizona or California in the 18th century. Garcés (1776). Diary, 404,...

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