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By Kathleen Kuiper

The geographically specified American territories of California, the nice Basin, and the Southwest have lengthy sustained a number of indigenous peoples, together with the Miwok, Comanche, and Navajo, respectively. An exam of every of those tradition components yields wealthy histories jam-packed with steadfast traditions and spiritual practices, subsistence styles dictated by means of geographic place, and social interactions inside and among tribes. This soaking up quantity surveys the historical past of many of the teams that shape those tradition components in addition to the non secular, cultural, and social practices that distinguish every one tribe.

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Hokan Languages The Hokan languages form a major group, or phylum, of American Indian languages. They are basically agglutinative in structure. That is, they frequently use affixes (such as prefixes and suffixes), as well as compound words, to form long words made up of several elements. Sometimes such words become so complex that a complete sentence or phrase may be expressed by one word. , cannot be used except in conjunction with other elements within a word), the process has gone beyond agglutination and is called polysynthesis, a process characteristic of many American Indian languages.

Shamans’ fees were paid in dentalium shells or deerskin blankets. Three major dances were held annually for the benefit of the community, as were spring and fall ceremonial feasts. Early 21st-century population estimates indicated more than 3,000 Hupa descendants. luiseño The Luiseño, who called themselves Payomkowishum, spoke a Uto-Aztecan language and inhabited a region extending from what is now Los Angeles to San Diego, Calif. Some of the group were named Luiseño after the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia.

Wealth was counted in strings of dentalium shells, obsidian blades, woodpecker scalps, and albino deerskins. Acquiring wealth was an important goal in Yurok culture. Feuds were common, and payments of blood money were precisely defined according to the seriousness of the offense. The value of a man’s life depended on his social status. 40 7 California Peoples in Focus 7 Traditional Yurok religion was concerned with an individual’s effort to elicit supernatural aid, especially through ritual cleanliness, and with rituals for the public welfare.

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