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Native American Tribes of California
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Native American states section of our website,
a new educational project designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states.
Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history
of each California tribe, or scroll below the map for California Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages
of California. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in California
The original inhabitants of the area that is now California included: The Achumawi tribe
The Atsugewi tribe
The Cahuilla tribe
The Chemehuevi tribe
The Chilula tribe
The Chimariko tribe
The Chumash tribe
The Cocopah tribe
The Ohlone (Costanoan) tribe
The Cupeno tribe
The Diegueno (Kumeyaay) tribe
The Esselen tribe
The Gabrielino (Tongva) tribe
The Halchidhoma tribe
The Hupa tribe
The Juaneno tribe
The Karok tribe
The Kashaya tribe
The Kato tribe
The Kawaiisu tribe
The Kitanemuk tribe
The Klamath tribe
The Konkow tribe
The Lassik tribe
The Luiseno tribe
The Maidu tribe
The Mattole tribe
The Miwok tribe
The Modoc tribe
The Mojave tribe
The Mono tribe
The Nisenan tribe
The Nomlaki tribe
The Nongatl tribe
The Northern Paiute tribe
The Panamint tribe
The Patwin tribe
The Pomo tribe
The Quechan tribe
The Salinan tribe
The Serrano tribe
The Shasta tribe
The Shoshoni tribe
The Sinkyone tribe
The Southern Paiute tribe
The Tataviam tribe
The Tolowa tribe
The Tubatulabal tribe
The Wailaki tribe
The Wappo tribe
The Washoe tribe
The Whilkut tribe
The Wintu tribe
The Wiyot tribe
The Yana and Yahi tribes
The Yokuts tribe
The Yuki tribe
The Yurok tribe
Feel free to print these out for classroom use!
Teaching and learning activities about California Indians:
Printable puzzle hiding the names of California's Indian tribes.
California Tribes Word Search:
Learn to say "hello" in several Native California languages.
California Language Greetings:
Learn the Native American names of California animals.
California Native Animals:
Answers to frequently asked questions about the tribes of California.
California Indian Facts for Kids:
We currently have pages for the Shoshone,
Recommended books about California Native Americans: Introducing California's Native American history and culture to kids.
Native America: California Indians:
History and lifeways of California's Native American peoples.
The California Indians:
Classic anthropological text on the Native American cultures of California.
Handbook of the Indians of California:
Collection of oral histories from California native tribes.
The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs & Reminiscences:
Fascinating mosaic of stories told by five California Indian elders.
The Heart Is Fire: The World of the Cahuilla Indians of Southern California:
Well-written essays on California Indian languages.
Flutes of Fire: The Indian Languages of California:
Book on California Indian history.
Digger: The Tragic Fate of the California Indians from the Missions to the Gold Rush:
Another good book on the history of California Native American tribes.
Indians of California: The Changing Image:
History of the earliest interactions Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants: The Legacy of Colonial Encounters on the California Frontiers:
between Europeans and California Indians.
Coffee-table book on the basket art of California Native Americans.
The Fine Art of California Indian Basketry:
An interesting book of traditional pastimes in California Indian tribes.
Grass Games and Moon Races: California Indian Games and Toys:
Excellent history of one California Indian tribe by a Hupa author.
Our Home Forever: The Hupa Indians of Northern California:
Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in California state:
Native organization preserving and protecting California Indian relics and traditions.
California Native American Heritage Commission:
Providing health care and social services to California Native Indians.
California Rural Indian Heath Board:
Coalition of tribal governments overseeing the regulation of Indian casinos in California.
California Nations Indian Gaming Association:
Native-owned law firm serving California's Indian tribes and tribal members.
California Indian Legal Services:
LA-based intertribal community center.
Southern California Indian Center:
Map of California Indian reservations with background information on each group.
Indian Tribes in California:
Information from Berkeley University about the Native languages of California.
Survey of California Indian Languages:
Articles on California Indian history from the National Park Service.
A History of American Indians in California:
Photographs of California Indian baskets, pottery, and other artifacts from the Kumeyaay Museum.
California Indian Artifact Gallery:
Complete e-text of an anthropology book on the native religions of the major tribes of California.
The Religion of the Indians of California:
California Native Plant Uses:
Ethnobotany study on the traditional use of flowers, trees, and plants by the native tribes of California.
California Indian Baskets:
California Native baskets and other art for sale online. With many photographs.
Guitar adaptations of traditional California Indian music.
Variations on Native Californian Themes:
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