Welcome to the Kawaiisu Chapter NSDAR

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The Kawaisu Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution NSDAR, organized October 13, 1979, at Lake Isabella, California. There were 22 charter members; Dorothy Kirkwood was the organizing regent. To date we have over 40 members.  We meet the fourth Thursday of every month (except the months of June, July and August) at 10:30 a.m.

Our chapter was named for the Kawaiisu Indians who inhabited this area of Central California for the last 1500 years.  The habitat of the Kawaiisu Indians was the high desert of the Piute Mountains of the Sierra Nevada Range. The Kawaiisu belonged to the Chemehuevi Division of Indians, and like their ancestors, subsisted on small animals and various seeds. As the Kawaiisu migrated farther west and into the mountains, they found food and water more plentiful in the Kern River Valley. They, like their northern neighbors, the Tubatulabal, became known as the "pine nut eaters." The Kawaiisu are known for their beautiful baskets, made from willows and cottonwoods that grew by the mountain streams.

Presently much of the area is used for farming and cattle raising; along with tourist and recreational activities.

Our region is filled with high desert landscape, digger pines, and mountainous terrain.  Many streams for fishing along with hiking are available, as well as, the Mighty Kern River a  Class X "Whitewater" rapid river used for fishing, recreational activities, and exciting whitewater rafting.

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