Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley


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 Who is the Big Pine Paiute Tribe?

Big Pine Paiute Tribe is federally recognized tribe of of Mono Paiute and Timbisha Shoshone Indians who live on the Big Pine Indian Reservation in Big Pine, California.

Official Tribal Name: Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley

Address: 825 South Main Street, P.O. Box 700, Big Pine, California 93513
Phone: (760) 938-2003
Fax: (760) 938-2942

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Recognition Status: Federally Recognized

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Formerly known as the Big Pine Band of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine Reservation

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Region: California Region

State(s) Today: California

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Confederacy: Paiute, Shoshone


Reservation: Big Pine Reservation
Land Area: 299.58 acres
Tribal Headquarters: Big Pine, California
Time Zone: Pacific

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Approximately two-thirds of the Tribe’s 600 members reside on the Big Pine Indian Reservation.

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Name of Governing Body: Tribal Council
Number of Council members: An elected five-member council oversees a staff of approximately 20 employees. This includes a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and one Member-At-Large.
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Executive Officers: 5 executive officers


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Paiute Tribes


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Legends / Oral Stories: Paiute Legends, Shoshone Legends

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The Big Pine Paiute are known for their baskets and weavings from willows. In the video below, an elder shows how to make a baby basket.






Pine nuts were a staple food of the Big Pine Paiute, providing a good source of carbohydrates that could be stored for a long time. For some unknown reason, pine nuts seem to predictively have a bumper crop about once every six years, with much smaller harvests in theintervening years. This video shows how they were harvested and prepared.

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Further Reading:

The Owens Valley Paiute – A Cultural History
Myths Of The Owens Valley Paiute
Weaving A Legacy – Paper: Indian Baskets and the People of Owens Valley, California
Sand In A Whirlwind, The Paiute Indian War Of 1860