Emmy award winning Our People. Our History. Our Culture. tells the story of Sycuan and the Kumeyaay nation through the words of its people—Tribal elders, Council leaders, family members and the next generation. Augmented by incisive observations from Native American historians and a range of subject matter experts, this documentary follows the incredible 12,500 year journey of a People who has survived against overwhelming odds to become a sovereign, prosperous nation who continues to honor its past while building its future and positively impacting their community. (from http://sycuantribe.com/about-sycuan/culture-and-traditions/)
Check out this great article from the USD News Center about the integration of Kumeyaay wisdom and history taking place at the University of San Diego.
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Elymash Yuuchaap, which is the Kumeyaay way to say, “youth think”, is an Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program at San Diego State University that provides support for indigenous students from many tribes. The program’s mission is to engage, support and promote the cultural, social, academic, and leadership development of students committed to the sovereign identity and progress of Indigenous communities.
To learn more, visit the SDSU Student Affairs website.
In July 2019, San Diego celebrated the 250 year anniversary of the first mission being founded by the Spanish, which served as as the first building in “San Diego.” This year, unlike in year’s past, the Kumeyaay nation was honored by raising their flag alongside the US Flag.
This year San Diego civic leaders are commemorating 250 years since the Mission San Diego de Alcalá was established in 1769 by Father Junipero Serra. It marks the beginning of San Diego’s non-indigenous history while archaeological evidence shows that the Kumeyaay Indian people have lived in the region for 12,000 years.
Ethan Banegas is a member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians who teaches Kumeyaay history at Kumeyaay Community College.
“As our land got taken away, slowly but surely, we would lose these vibrant food sources that were only available in specific areas,” Banegas said. “It basically took away who were as a people as you take away our pieces of land. Because the land made us.”
Listen to this great podcast on San Diego’s KPBS.
Groups of Kumeyaay People (Kumiai) live in the isolated canyons of the Tijuana River watershed, high in the Baja California peninsula. They harvest acorns and pine nuts, hunt rattlesnake and small animals, collect grasses to weave baskets. As encroaching civilization brings electricity and running water, they still allow a glimpse of what life in Southern California before the Spanish arrived was like.
Ancient Ways and Modern Times
By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
Today’s exciting information comes from Kumeyaay.com dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Kumeyaay culture, telling the story from the Kumeyaay perspective.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced that the Barona Cultural Center & Museum is among the 30 top finalists in the country for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Services.
As San Diego County’s first museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation of the local Kumeyaay-Diegueno culture, the Barona Museum offers a unique educational journey for visitors of all ages.
The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.
This was a beautiful ceremony that kicked off the garden in grand fashion.
In celebrating Native American culture, the event included Bird Songs, storytelling, ethnobotany tours, Kumeyaay cultural activities, and an art exhibition. Hands-on activities included basket making, Kumeyaay games and smoothies made with ingredients gathered from plants indigenous to Southern California.
The Agave Harvest and Tasting is an annual event sponsored by the Malki Museum. It is held on two consecutive Saturdays in mid- to late-April, when the Agave plants were traditionally gathered. The agave or amul was a basic food staple for indigenous people of Southern California. Reservations Recommended: Please call (951) 849 7289.
To learn more, visit the Kumeyaay Garden web page.
This article from the Women’s Museum of California, talks about the legacy of Two Spirits within Kumeyaay, also known as Tipai-Ipai or Diegueño culture and provides a brief overview of Kumeyaay history and how differents bands of the Kumeyaay nation are addressing ideas of gender fluidity.