Big Bear’s First Locals

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The Serrano Indians were Big Bear Valley’s very first locals, making it their home dating back about 3,000 years ago.  The natives are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino Mountains, which they referred to as Yuhaviat, which translates to mean Pine Place.  Unfortunately there are not any more Serrano's in Big Bear. The San Manuel Tribe located at the bottom of the hill is considered the tribe’s closest descendants.           The Serrano’s lived in small villages along the water, sustaining off the area’s plentiful berries, nuts, starchy vegetables, acorns and game.  The tribe saw Big Bear's other locals, grizzly Read More