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Yosemity, Yosemiti, Yosimity, Yosemitie, Yosimite

Yosemity, Yosemiti, Yosimity, Yosemitie, Yosimite and also incorrectly pronounced Yoh-seh-mait and correctly pronounced Yoh-seh-mee-teh, means in Miwok language some of them are killers.

The Yosemite Valley was called "awahni" by the Southern Miwok which means "place like gaping mouth," describing the shape of the valley. Those Miwok who lived in the valley were called "awahnichi," or people who lived in awahni.

Yosemity, Yosemiti, Yosemity, Yosemitie - Variations

The park was named Yosemite by white travelers, who heard the neighboring Miwoks refer to residents of Yosemite as "Yohemite" or"Yohometuk." There are a number of theories as to why this name was given to them.

  1. Perhaps the native people were whispering or shouting the word when they saw new comers there, and the new comers had never known the meaning.....
  2. Perhaps they were referring to the grizzly bears in the valley
  3. The awahni had a reputation as violent people

Regardless of how you spell Yosemite,Yosemity, Yosemiti, Yosemity, Yosemitie, Yosimitie the spectacular scenery on your tours through this incredible national park will amaze you forever.

I am a descendent of Yosemite Indians and concerning your web site.

"Some of them are killers" is not really the definition of Yosemite. We believe that this definition was created in 1978 by Craig Bates to explain off why the Miwoks were afraid of the Yosemite Indians. We believe Craig Bates was married to Miwok at the time of his new definition.

We Yosemite Indians are perplexed as to where this definition "Some of them are killers" was ever used anywhere BEFORE 1978 for the meaning of Yosemite? No one has ever identified where this definition was used before that year? Than to use this definition over all the original definition is 'interesting'?

Here is the real definition on this web site from a person who has researched in depth besides our group;


Here is something that might be a shock most people, but the Miwok people were afraid of the Yosemites and afraid to enter Yosemite Valley. It was Russio and Chief Bautista aka Vow-ches-ter or Vow-chester who coined the term, not white people.

One of the main persons to meet Chief Tenaya and his band and write a book about his encounter was Lafayette H. Bunnell. His book is where everyone gets most of their only information concerning first contact with the Ahwahneehcees. Bunnell was the only person to interview Chief Tenaya. One of our younger members put his book on a PDF file for one of the oldest printings. You can download his book on PDF file on this web site. By quickly following the instructions on this web site in a matter of minutes you can see that what we are writing is the truth.

You don't even have to read the whole book;


Chief Bautista, Cypriano and Cornelia became the of the leaders of the Miwoks in the foothill area below Yosemite. In James Hitching California Magazine the Miwoks were enemies of the Yosemite Indians, who were primarily Mono Paiutes. I know that is hard to believe, because it goes against everything many people have been taught, but it is true. Miwuks were the miners, guides and scouts for many of the white miners, soldiers and settlers, including James Savage of the Mariposa Battalion. You can verify this by downloading the PDF file and typing in the words on that web site link above. Craig Bates was in charge of the Indian information in Yosemite for about 30 years. I am sure you know who he is if you worked as a tour guide in Yosemite. Sadly a lot of his work we believe is not correct, like the actual definition of the word Yosemite.

Sorry but the definition is not "Some of them are Killers". The word Yosemite would be longer than that if that was the case. In both Miwok dictionaries Yosemite means "The Killers", or "They are Killers" or "The Grizzlies". Chief Tenaya, in Discovery of the Yosemites, liked the fact that his enemies called his band the Grizzlies, because it brought fear into their hearts. So that means the Miwoks were afraid of Chief Tenaya and the Ahwahneechees, while the Mono Paiutes bragged about his war exploits.

Speaking of war exploits, who was Tenaya fighting if he was allied with the Mono Paiutes? The Mono Paiutes bragged about the warrior Chief Tenaya and considered him one of their own and Monos were trading partners with the Chowchilla Yokuts, so that would leave the Miwoks as the only other tribe next to them.

Is it possible to fix the error on your web site?

We Paiutes, we were also in Yosemite and the main part of Tenaya's band, wonder if you can possibly fix this error? Because as descendents of one of the earliest Yosemite-Mono Lake Paiutes we believe in getting the proper information to the general public regarding the history of Yosemite. We also have to correct a lot of the misinformation that is out there. Incorrect information, like the actual definition of Yosemite, is now being used over the original definition, like at the Autry Museum, hit the original name of Yosemite on their site, this is actually incorrect and now being republished and puts Paiutes in a bad light;

The Autry Museum is now using the incorrect, newly 1978 created, false definition of the word Yosemite, because of what they found on the Yosemite NPS web site;


We have asked Yosemite National Park Service to fix this incorrect and sometimes blatantly discriminatory definition of Yosemite off their web site because it is incorrect. If not they should post what resource they got this definition from.

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