Kwanami

The dream world was as important to the Mojave People as was the physical world. It was from this dream state instruction was given that would guide them to their destiny.

The Mojave Warrior was as brutal and violent in battle as his enemy. Even more so, not only because of strength and endurance but because those who had bad dreams; dreams of death and misfortune, were left behind in the villages with the women so as not to bring a curse to the war.

Among the small and dangerous bands were mixed the Kwanami.  They were the elite warrior captains.  The Kwanami were said to have dreamed of war and the death of their opponents in the womb before their birth.  Their dreams would be of ripping lion and bear creatures apart with bare hands and emerging from the dust victorious and unscathed.

The Kwanami lived apart from the rest of the Mohave People, in the south of the valley where Mastamho, the God-son, fought with the serpent under the three peaks.  It was here they would fast and meditate on the death of their opponents and the art of warfare.

These men who were stoic and impervious to heat, cold, hunger, and pain, would practice with their war bows and clubs in order to be the most effective in ministering death to their foes.

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Mojave Desert Geology

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California’s geomorphic provinces are naturally defined geologic regions that … Earthquakes & Faults · San Andreas Fault. Summary of the earthquake fault …

Cajon Pass Geology

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Geology of Red Rock Canyon

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Red Rock Canyon California State Park. The geologic story of Red Rock Canyon is told by its …

Death Valley Geology

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California/Nevada Death Valley Regional Geology. Field Trip Guide. Walk Through Time. Badwater with Telescope …

Geology of Mojave Preserve

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Mesozoic Rocks. Source – NPS, Cinder cones national natural landmark. Kelso Dunes, Mojave Preserve, Eastern Mojave Desert Banshee …

The Mojave Desert – Shaping the Classic American Desert

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The area of most dramatic relief is around Death Valley, California, where the elevation drops from 3,400 m above sea level at Telescope Peak to 88 m below sea …

Desert Sand Dune Geology

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The Geology of Sand Dunes. While one-quarter to one-third of the world’s deserts are covered with sand, little research has taken …

Mojave Preserve Geology – Landforms

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Desert landscape and surface processes study, Mojave National Preserve.

Hole in the Wall – Mojave Preserve

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Mojave Preserve – Geology. Hole-in-the-Wall. Hidden violence. Visitors to Mojave National Preserve are fascinated by the brightly colored, …

The Mojave River and Associated Lakes – Mojave Desert Geology

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Desert landscape and surface processes study, Mojave National Preserve.

Geology – Death Valley Rock Samples – Mojave Desert

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A rock formation is a body of rock of a considerable extent with distinctive characteristics that allow geologists to map, describe, and name it. The sample rocks …

Geology of the Death Valley Region

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The three sites in this area lie in the extreme southeast corner of Death Valley National Park immediately west of California Highway 127 which provides the …

Introduction to Geology of the Mojave Desert

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Far from being static, the geology of Earth is dynamic, in constant motion and change. The crust is a puzzle made up of tectonic plates, shifting against …

Geology of Joshua Tree

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Mojave Desert Geology: Joshua Tree National Park – Nature & Environment. Geology of Joshua Tree. Geologic Displays. The park encompasses some of the most …

Earthquake Faults: Mojave Desert Geology

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Geology: Earthquakes & Faults: California straddles the juncture of two great crustal plates: the Pacific plate and the North American plate.

Desert Sand Dune Geology

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Wind-induced Sand Movement. Photo of a dust devil on Soda Lake in the Mojave Preserve transporting sand. Individual sand grains are moved under the force of the …

Rock Formations – Mojave Desert

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Trona Pinnacles. This eerie, fantastic landscape is one of the most unique geological features in the California desert. These … Vasquez Rocks. These towering …

Desert Landforms & Surface Processes

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Historic weather data for the Eastern Mojave Desert is relatively scarce because there is no significant … Geologic History. The oldest rocks exposed in the …

Geology of Mono Lake

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This ongoing process has created the majestic contrast of a desert lake bordered by high mountain peaks. As the western floor of the Mono Basin slipped …

Geology Tour Road

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Map, photos and virtual tour of the Geology Tour Road in Joshua Tree National Park.

Introduction to the Arch Rock Geology tour

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Geology tour of White Tank Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park.

The Geology of the Mojave Desert

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The earliest rock, related to the metamorphic gneiss and schist at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, has little exposure in the Mojave, but can be seen at Saddle …

Magma On The Move: Geology of the Mojave Desert

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Along with the faulting, volcanic activity increased across the landscape. Igneous rock is derived from molten layers of magma beneath the Earth’s crust. Under …

Changing Climates and Ancient Lakes Mojave Desert

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Information was derived from articles within Enzel, Wells, and Lancaster (2003); [Geological Society of America Special Paper 268].

General Geologic History – Mojave Preserve – California Mojave

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Desert landscape and surface processes study, Mojave National Preserve.

Geology Road – Joshua Tree National Park

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Driving tour of Joshua Tree geology

Mitchell Caverns

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The Providence Mountains caves, like most limestone caves in other parts of the world, seem to have had a two-stage history. Most geologists who have studied …

Volcanic Rocks and Associated Landforms

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Cinder Cones and Lava Flows National Natural Landmark Area. Volcanic eruptions have occurred many times throughout the Mojave National Preserve in the geologic …

Badwater – Death Valley Geology

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Some of the minerals left behind by earlier Death Valley lakes dissolved in the shallow water, creating a briny solution. The Desert Returns. The wet times didn’t …

Geology Red Rock National Conservation Area

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For much of the past 600 million years, the land that is now Red Rock Canyon NCA was the bottom of a deep ocean basin and the western coast of North America was …

Mosaic Canyon – Death Valley Geology

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Smooth, polished marble walls enclose the trail as it follows the canyon’s sinuous curves. The canyon follows faults that formed when the rocky crust of the …