Kawaiisu Historical Preserve

The Bear Valley Springs community has  developed this historical site respectfully, while enhancing its educational value. The Preserve is maintained by the Bear Valley Springs Association. In addition, the Kawaiisu Preserve Fund managed by the Bear Valley Springs Community Recreational Facilities Foundation (BVSCRFF) can accept contributions earmarked for Preserve improvements. Please note that all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and should be directed to:


Bear Valley Springs Community Recreational Facilities Foundation


BVSA, Attention Anita Bauer

29541 Rolling Oak Drive

661-821-5537, ext. 231


To recognize and preserve in perpetuity the culture and traditions of the Kawaiisu people — the original occupants of Bear Valley — the Bear Valley Springs Association has established a new, archaeologically significant heritage park:

The Bear Valley Springs

Historical Kawaiisu Preserve


The Kawaiisu people, or Nüwa, were the first human residents of Bear Valley — arriving perhaps several thousand years ago — and their descendants continue to live and thrive in Kern County today. The ancestral presence is most obviously recorded by numerous "grinding holes," called “pa-haz” by the Kawaiisu. These depressions carved into solid granite were used with rock pestles to grind acorns and other plant and animal materials as a major food source for the Kawaiisu community.


A large array of these enduring cultural and historical features are on display in an authentic natural setting at the BVS Historical Kawaiisu Preserve.



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