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Historic Northern Paiute Winter Houses in Mono Basin, California

  • Author(s): Arkush, Brooke S
  • et al.

The Mono Basin Paiute call themselves kucadikadi 'eaters of brine fly [Hydropyrus hians] pupae' (Fowler and Liljeblad 1986: 464), a name that derives from the important insect food they collected from the waters of Mono Lake, Mono County, California. Three historic (post-A.D. 1852) winter houses of this Paiute group were recorded during archaeological investigations near Mono Lake in 1986 and 1987 (Fig. 1) (Arkush 1987a, 1987b). Two of the structures reported here occur at CA-Mno-2122, a large multicomponent fall-winter encampment, and were mapped and excavated. A third winter house (CA-Mno-2382), originally recorded by U. S. Forest Service personnel, is located approximately nine kilometers northwest of Mno-2122, and was recorded and photographed by the author in 1987.

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