Kawaiisu of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 60

ROP3 Code: 104769
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: English - (eng)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Visalia-Porterville, CA - 60

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Brief Profile

The Kawaiisu, also known as the Nuwa, are a Native American people group who reside in the southern California Tehachapi Valley and across the Tehachapi Pass in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains to the north, toward Lake Isabella and Walker Pass. Some Kawaiisu reside on the Tejon Indian Reservation located in Kern County, California. The tribal website claims a total membership of 250.

Historically, they were a peaceful, gentle people with a great respect for their surroundings, living and working in small family units. They are noted for their very finely woven baskets of intricate and colorful design. Girls learned how to gather and prepare materials for the baskets. Boys learned the art of making cordage and creating rabbit skin blankets.

Since 2002 with very elders still speaking the language, they "have been teaching and documenting our language and culture."

For more information, see the Kawaiisu Tribe website.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will work in the lives of Kawaiisu Christians as they share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray God will call Kawaiisu Christians to cross-cultures to share the Gospel with other unreached Native American tribes.
  • Pray God will enlighten the tribe that they can be Kawaiisu while at the same time be followers of Jesus Christ.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesPortervilleVisalia-PortervilleCA60