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The “Serrano Indians” came here some 2,500 years ago. The Serranos are of the Shoshone tribe and were thought to have migrated southwest from the Wind River region of Wyoming. Their original name for Big Bear was Yuhaviat, meaning “pine place”. The Spanish called these Shoshone, “Serranos”, meaning mountaineer. For centuries, Bear Valley was a favorite hunting and food gathering source for these peace loving people.
“What obligation is more binding than to protect the cherished, to defend whoever or whatever cannot defend itself, and to nurture in turn that which has given nourishment? I’m reminded of words written by John Seed, an Australian environmentalist. When he began considering these questions, he believed, “I am protecting the rain forest.” But as his thought evolved, he realized, “I am part of the rain forest protecting myself.”