Yosemite and Tioga Pass Area

Tenaya Lake is named after Chief Tenaya, who met the Mariposa Brigade that was in pursuit of Ahwaneechees in 1851, near the shores of the lake. Tenaya protested that the lake already had a name: Pie-we-ack, or "Lake of the Shining Rocks." Chief Tenaya and his band were eventually captured and their village burned. Hostilities subsided and by the mid-1850s local European American residents started to befriend Native Americans still living in the Yosemite area. The original name is now attached to a granite dome to the east of the lake.