The Kawaiisu belonged to the Shoshonean branch of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic family, and were a more immediate off-shoot, apparently, of the Chemehuevi.
Kawaiisu Indians. So-called by the Yokuts; the signification of the word is unknown.
Location. In the Tehachapi Mountains of California
Population. Kroeber estimates an aboriginal Kawaiisu population of about 500 and a 1925 population of nearly 150. (SeeAlliklik.)