The indigenous people of North America whose language belongs to the Yuman branch of the Hokan-Siouan linguistic stock.
In the mid-18th cent. they lived on both banks of the Colorado River, in Arizona and California.
They then numbered some 3,000.
The Mohave were semisedentary farmers who generally cultivated bottomland along the river.
They lived in low brush dwellings.
Most of the Mohave are now settled on the Colorado River Reservation, which was established in 1865.
See Herman Grey, Tales from the Mohaves (1970); study by A. L. Kroeber (1974).