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Posted by David A. Wright on August 26, 2002 at 19:47:27:

In Reply to: The Meaning of the word Panamint posted by ceclle on August 24, 2002 at 16:44:16:

From DEATH VALLEY & THE AMARGOSA: A LAND OF ILLUSION, by Richard E. Lingenfelter, page 16:

"In the nineteenth century and for a least a few centuries before that, the Indians living in Death Valley belonged to three separate tribes - the Shoshone, the Southern Paiute, and the Kawaiisu. ... These current tribal names were, of course, unknown to the people themselves. The Death Valley Shoshone simply referred to themselves as nuwo, 'the people,' but their neighbors had many names for them. ... to the Southern Paiute, they were known as Panumunt, which made its way into English as Panamint, and is now applied both to the Indians and the mountain range."



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