Chukchansi (Chuk’chansi) is a dialect of Foothill and Valley Yokuts spoken in and around the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, in the San Joaquin Valley of California, by the Chukchansi band of Yokuts. As of 2011, there were eight native speakers.
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is a Native American casino located just off of State Route 41 in Coarsegold, California, between Fresno and Yosemite National Park. It is owned and operated by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians.
|Native speakers||Unknown 20–25 fluent and semispeakers (Golla 2007)|
|Language family||Yok-Utian Yokuts|
|Dialects||Palewyami † Buena Vista † Tule–Kaweah Gashowu † Kings River † Valley Yokuts|
The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California is a federally recognized tribe of indigenous people of California. They are Chukchansi or Foothills Yokuts. Picayune Rancheria is the tribe’s ranchería, located in Madera County in central California.
The Yokuts tribe of California are known to have engaged in trading with other California tribes of Native Americans in the United States including coastal peoples like, for example, the Chumash tribe of the Central California coast, and they are known to have traded plant and animal products.
COARSEGOLD, CA – Chukchansi Economic Development Authority (CEDA) and the management team at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino announce the property will implement its first phase of reopening on June 1, 2020.
The rich food resources of the area allowed them to build large, permanent villages near the water. They built rows of round, steep-roofed houses which they framed with posts and covered with tule mats. Up to ten families lived in each house.”
The Yokuts believed in a variety of localized spirits, some of whom were potentially evil. Religious Practitioners. Part-time religious specialists, or shamans, with powers derived from visions or dreams cured the sick and conducted public rituals and celebrations.
Their main food was acorns. The Yokuts also ate wild plants, roots, and berries. They hunted deer, rabbits, prairie dogs, and other small mammals and birds.
The Yokuts burned wild seed plant areas to improve the following year’s crop. Trade Yokuts Indians traded widely with peoples of different habitats. Southern Valley people imported obsidian for arrowheads and sharp tools, stone mortars and pestles, wooden mortars, and marine shells for money and decoration.
A small fire in the hotel tower at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino was quickly extinguished around 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. The blaze was on the exterior of the tower, said Chukchansi marketing director Deann Kamalani. The cause of the fire was not immediately confirmed, she said.
Smoking is permitted except in non-designated areas. We ask that you remove your mask to safely do so when only seated at a slot machine or table game.
Beverage service offers three cozy and comfortable bars where you’ll find all the major brand and top-shelf liquors, specialty drinks and a wide variety of wines to match your mood and meals.