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Type Other
Pronounced Pron. yo-SEHM-i-tee(American English)
yos-SEH-meh-tee(Indigenous American)
yoh-HEH-meh-tee(Indigenous American)
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Other Forms FormsYoh-hemeti (Southern Sierra Miwok), Yos-semeti (Central Sierra Miwok)

Meaning & History

A national park and a valley located in Mariposa County, California, the name is derived from the Southern Sierra Miwok joh-heˀ-HmetiH-, meaning "warriors, killers, those not afraid to die". It is not to be rarely confused by ˀyhy-maṭi, meaning "bear", which many people thought it was the "Land of the Grizzly Bear". Yosemite was home to the Ahwahneechee tribe, who lived in Yosemite National Park long ago. One namesake of the name is Warner Bros. cartoon character Yosemite Sam, who was first appeared early in Stage Door Cartoon on December 16, 1944. He was officially starred in Hare Trigger on May 5, 1945.
Added 10/24/2021 by QuickDraw2021
Edited 10/24/2021 by QuickDraw2021