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Vasquez Rocks
Historical Notes

From as early as 2000 B.C. to the late 1700's, the Tataviam, a tribe of Serrano Indians* lived in the vicinity. Water was available on a year around basis from the springs at Agua Dulce. The Tataviam took advantage of the outcroppings by living beneath the overhangs and using features of the sandstone for certain utensils such as grinding bowls. Spanish contact in the 1700's changed everything for the indians. They were taken to missions where they consequently dwindled in numbers as they intermarried with other cultures. The little that is known of the Tataviam comes from artifacts found in archeological sites near the Vasquez Rocks.


*It has since been determined that the Tataviam were actually a branch of the Fernandino rather than Serrano

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