Kumeyaay:First People

Stories of Change Oral Histories 

 

"The Broken Pot"

Stan Rodriguez, Santa Ysabel Band of Iipay Nation

The effect of Spanish Colonization and the United States' reservation system on the Kumeyaay Nation 

 

 

Desert Food

Frank Salazar, Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Frank Salazar discusses the food located around Lake Cahuilla, a prehistoric lake in California's Imperial Valley. 

 

 

The Importance of Tradition

Johnny "Eagle Spirit" Elliot

Johnny Elliot shares the significance of continuing to eat shawii, a traditional Kumeyaay dish made from acorns. 

 

 

The Natural Ways

Angela Elliot Santos, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Angela Elliot Santos shares her views on the use of natural medicines, and land use.

 

 

Growing Up Sycuan

George Prieto, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation 

George Prieto shares his memories of growing up on the Sycuan Reservation.

 

 

Listening To Our Past

Danny Tucker, Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation

Danny Tucker shares his views on how to use the past to forward into the future.

 

 

Balancing the Modern and Tradition

Rayleen Elliot, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Rayleen Elliot shares the challenges she faces balancing her traditions with modern life.

 

 

Timeless Place

Frank J. Salazar III

Frank Salazar shares his connection to history due to his ancestry.

 

 

Reintroduction of Traditional Foods

Jaimie La Brake, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Jaimie La Brake discusses the return of traditional foods, many of which were lost in the US, but remained intact in Mexico.

 

 

Sea To Sea

Frank J. Salazar III

Frank Salazar discusses the traditional migration patterns of the Kumeyaay.

 

 

Respect

Johnny "Eagle Spirit" Elliot

Johnny Elliot describes the basis for Kumeyaay culture.

 

 

The Simple Things

Angela Elliot Santos, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Angela Santos shares her world view. 

 

 

All Souls Day

George Prieto, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

George Prieto reminisces about celebrating All Souls Day  when he was young.

 

 

We Are Still Here

Veronica Santos, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Silent Rain Espinoza, Viejas Band of Kumeayaay Indians

Rayleen Elliot, Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Nation

Veronica Santos, Silent Rain Espinoza, and Rayleen Elliot discuss their culture's place in the modern world.

 

 

Tool Use

Frank J. Salazar III

 Frank Salazar discusses the different tools that the ancient Kumeyaay used.

 

 

Climate Change

Frank J. Salazar III, Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Frank Salazar discusses the way climate change has effected the homeland of the Kumeyaay.

 

 

Proud To Be Kumeyaay

Silent Rain Espinoza, Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians 

Silent Rain Espinoza shares her feelings on learning about her culture in school.

 

 

Resource Migration

Stan Rodriguez, Santa Ysabel Band of the Iipay Nation

 Stan Rodriguez discusses the yearly cycle of migration of the Kumeyaay.

 

 

1928

Danny Tucker, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Danny Tucker shares how tuberculosis effected the Sycuan in 1928.

 

 

Bird Songs

Veronica Santos, Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Nation

Veronica Santos discusses the importance of Bird Songs to Kumeyaay culture. 

 

 

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