The Panamint people are a Native American tribe indigenous to the Panamint Range in California. They have a long history of habitation in the area, with evidence of human presence dating back thousands of years.
The tribe likely subsisted on a mix of hunting, gathering, and small-scale agriculture.
In the 19th century, the Panamint people came into conflict with European-American settlers and miners who were encroaching on their lands. Many were killed or forced to relocate to reservations. The survivors were further impacted by the forced assimilation policies of the U.S. government, which sought to assimilate Native Americans into white American culture.
As a result, much of the tribe’s traditional culture and way of life was lost. Today, some members of the Panamint people are working to revive and preserve their traditional culture and practices, but their population remains small and their land continues to be under threat from mining and other development.