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Ute-Chemehuevi Iunp [underlined]
Kawaiisu. [underlined]

This name, applied to them also in the form Kaweisa by their Yokuts neighbors, is used in default of any other for a small group of Shoshoneans of Ute-Chemhuevi affinities in the Tehachapi mountains separating southern from central California. Merriam, SCIENCE, 1904, 912, calls them Newooah, which is a word meaning people, corresponding to the usual Shoshonean nüm or novinch.  (According to Merriam the southern Yokuts and their Shoshonean neighbors, the Tübatulabal of Kern river, called them Kowasah or Kahwissah.)  The Tübatulabal name for them is Kawishm.  The Mohave call them Kubakhye and know that they speak a dialect related to that of the Chemehuevi and southern Paiute.  This name appears in the form Cubaje (see letter) in the narrative of the explorer Garcés, who was accompanied by Mohave guides.

The Kawaiisu apparently held both slopes of the mountains, but seem to have lived mainly on the more favored northwestern side, draining into the San Joaquin valley.  Paiute Mountain, Walker Basin creek, Caliente, Kelso creeks, and Tehachapi or the country nearby to Tehachapi, are known to have belonged to them.
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