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Tue, Nov 15, 2011
Etymology
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Piute Point (8,460 ft.)

"In California this spelling is now generaly accepted for most of the place names named for the tribe. The name Paiute (as anthropologists prefer to spell it) is applied to three groups of the Shoshonean family: the Northern Paiute or Paviosto in northwestern California and adjacent Nevada and Oregon, the Owens Valley Paiute (or Eastern Mono) in California, and the Southern Paiute of southern Nevada and southern Utah. However, the name has often been loosely applied to many Indians of the Great Basin area. The term Paiute has been said to mean 'water Ute' or 'true Ute'. However, the name Ute (a neighboring tribe, after whom the state of Utah is named) enters English from Spanish yuta, whereas Paiute comes through Spanish payuchis, probably from Southern Paiute payuutsi 'Paiute Indian' (Sapir, p. 640). By false analogy, the English term Paiute has been made to resemble the tribal name of the Utes (HNAI 11:393). The spellings Paiute and Piute were generally used by the men of the Pacific Railroad Survey in the 1850s. Piute Creek [Lassen Co.], a tributary of the Susan River, appears to be the only feature named for what anthropologists now designate as Northern Paiute. Piute Mountain and Creek [Yosemite NP]; Piute Mountain [Mono Co.]; Piute Pass, Creek, and Canyon [Fresno Co.]; and Paiute Monument [Inyo Co.] are all in teh territory of the Eastern Mono tribe, locally called Paiute. The Sierra pass on the Fresno-Inyo county line was named by L.A. Winchell because it was used by Owens Valley Indians. The name was applied to the creek by J.N. LeConte in 1904 to avoid the name "North Branch of the South Fork of the San Joaquin River" (Farquhar. Piute Range and station [San Bernardino Co.] are in the territory of the Chemehuevi tribe, closely related to the Southern Paiute. The station was named by the Santa Fe in 1903-4. A nearby Pah-Ute Springs, shown on the Santa Fe map of 1880, doubtless suggested the name. Piute Butte [Los Angeles Co.] as well as Piute Mountains, Peak, and town and Pahute Peak [Kern Co.] are decidely outside the Paiute territory, but close enough to justify their naming. When rangers of Sequoia National Forest climbed a mountain near Piute Peak about 1945, they found a tube containing a record left by earlier climbers indicating that this was the original Piute Peak. Since, however, the namegivers had spelled the name Pahute, the rangers left this name on the new peak, and we now have both names (Stewart)."

- Erwin G. Gudde, California Place Names


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