Category Archives: Kumeyaay Corner

Kumeyaay Community College

The Kumeyaay are the people who were living in this region when the Spanish arrived. For hundreds of years, their culture was under attack but times are changing. Cuyamaca College and the Tribes of San Diego sponsor Kumeyaay Community College in El Cajon with information on Kumeyaay history, language and culture. Classes are open to anyone and can be used a college level credit at Cuyamaca Community College and potentially other community colleges.

Kumeyaay Community College is dedicated to creating a program of superior education and academic training through Native people’s worldview with an emphasis on the Kumeyaay perspective.

Study ethnobotany and ethnoecology, gain an understanding about the landscape and plants of the area, and/or learn about Kumeyaay history, language, arts and culture.

To learn more, visit the Kumeyaay Community College website.

News from So Cali Tribes

The Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association publishes the monthly TANF Newsletter with articles of interest to the First Nations of Southern California. The newsletter features historical information, cultural goings on, as well as a calendar of events. For those of us whose ancestors did not live along Rose Creek, taking the time to understand the people whose ancestors hunted antelope and fished along Rose Creek is important.

Read the entire March newsletter online.



Barona Cultural Center & Museum

As San Diego County’s first museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the local Kumeyaay-Diegueño Native culture, the Barona Museum offers a unique educational journey for visitors of all ages. The Museum’s collection represents thousands of years of history—some objects dating as far back as 10,000 years—and it demonstrates the artistry and skill of the hemisphere’s first inhabitants. ENTRANCE IS FREE!

The Museum offers a series of classes called Ancient Voices Speak. Due to the popularity of these classes, they fill up quickly.  To guarantee your spot in the class, you must call the Museum and pre-pay for the class. Barona Tribal Members receive free registration (see exception below), but must RSVP ahead of time.  All classes are open to the public and lunch is included for all classes.

To learn more about this amazing resource on the people who lived along Rose Creek for thousands of years, visit the Museum website.

Honoring Native Land

The Kumeyaay were here long before Europeans arrived. They took far better care of Rose Creek than the City of San Diego. Watch this video about the need to remember and honor the native people who lived along Rose Creek when the wetlands were vast, the antelope plentiful, and flocks of birds covered the sky. #HonorNativeLand

Cinon Duro Mataweer

The Kumeyaay were the inhabitants of Rose Creek when the Spanish arrived. In an attempt to share the history of Rose Creek, the series of blog posts called “Kumeyaay Corner” will highlight native produced and freely shared cultural information on their world.

Cinon Duro Mataweer is a famous spiritual leader or tribal shaman. His tribe has occupied this area for 600 generations. To learn more, visit or click here for more details on Cinon Mataweer.