Native American History At Floyd Lloyd Park At Tule Springs
The earliest inhabitants were nomadic Indian tribes. They called themselves “tudini” which meant “desert people.“ The most recent inhabitants were Native Americans known as the Southern Paiutes, descendents of the “tudini.“ They took advantage of the seasons and the water supply at Tule Springs. Tule Springs was a natural watering hole and even in the winter months they stayed near Tule Springs in what were temporary shelters made from mesquite branches, shrubs and tules. Articles such as turquoise ornaments, pottery pieces, knife fragments and scrapers were found as evidence of their having lived in the area. In the spring they would grow vegetables including corn, beans and squash and harvest them storing them for the fall and winter seasons. They would hunt and store the meat such as rabbit for stew in various preservatives so it would be available for consumption during the long cold winter and use the pelts for blankets. They would pick the pine nuts to use in cooking and the mesquite for firewood. They would collect materials such as Tule reed for making baskets, clothing and other things.