Once a year, many years ago, before the white folk invaded what is now known as Kern County, the various Indian tribes would get together for a potluck. There were always representatives of the different language groups such as Salian, Yokuts, Tubatulabal, Koso, Ute-Chemehuevi, Chumash and Serrano. Everyone picked on the Tubatulabal for some reason. They called them "pine nut eaters." Eventually, the Tubatulabal got their revenge when they realized they could dam the Kern River and control water flow to the valley. After that happened, everyone was nice to them and always invited them to powwows.
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