Yavapai Family


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An unidentified Yavapai Indian family in front of their dwelling. These types of dwellings are known as uwas. An uwa is a domed hut framed with willow branches or other wood then covered with layers of grass, bark, dirt and/or animal skins.  Also pictured is an assortment of baskets and pots.

The Yavapai Tribe’s rich history dates back centuries, when the women wove intricate baskets and the men were largely hunters and gatherers. The tribe’s first chief was Sam Jimulla, succeeded by his wife Viola. She was the first woman chieftess among North American Indians. There are three primary groups of Yavapai existing today - they are located at Fort McDowell, Camp Verde and Prescott.  The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation consists of approximately 1,400 acres that are adjacent to the city of Prescott, Arizona in central Yavapai County. When it was established in 1935, the Yavapai Prescott Indian Reservation occupied only 75 acres of the former Fort Whipple Military Reserve in central Arizona. The first reservation established solely for the Yavapai, it continued to grow with the 1956 addition of 1,320 acres.


Website - Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe.com     

 Book - "Surviving Conquest" by Timothy Braatz


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