Yosemite is named for a band of Awahneeches who lived on the south bank of the Merced River in what is now Yosemite Valley California U.S.A. The name is derived Miwok Indian word Yoham'-i-te. That Miwok name was derived from a word for grizzly bear hunters Oo-hoo'-ma-te (or O-ham'-it-e). The band was known as grizzly hunters.

Margaret Sanborn.   Yosemite, its discovery, its wonders and its people.   Yosemite CA: Yosemite Association, 1989.

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