Sharing the history of our first mountain people. Visit the Mountain History Museum to view our new mountain timeline exhibit.
The first Spanish explorers of the area identified our ancestors as the “Serrano” people, the Spanish term for “highlander.” Numerous terms have been used in many languages to describe our people. We use the word Maara’yam, the People of Maara’, to describe all peoples known today as Serrano.
The name Yuhaaviatam, or People of the Pines, refers to the Serrano clan of our progenitor, Santos Manuel. As a result of colonization, our Tribe is modernly known as the “San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.”
Read more about the Tribe’s name at sanmanuel-nsn.gov.
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