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Documentary Chronicles History, Culture Of San Diego’s ‘First People’

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay lived in a vast nation north and south of the border, from the desert to the coast.

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Kumeyaay Native speaker Stan Rodriguez, is a Kumeyaay bird singer from the Santa Ysabel reservation, he plays a can rattle and sings Ipai and Diegueño Yuman songs.

John Eagle Spirit Elliott is a member of the Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians.

Transcript

The image of the American Indian is usually on horseback, perhaps hunting buffalo on the Great Plains. The image of modern-day Native Americans in San Diego is often linked to the county's popular and profitable casinos.

But there's a central truth to the Native American culture in this part of the world that both stereotypes ignore: For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay lived in a vast nation north and south of the border, from the desert to the coast.

The documentary "First People - Kumeyaay," shows how San Diego's Native Americans are reclaiming their traditions.

Photo caption:

Photo credit: First People, Kumeyaay

Traditional Kumeyaay territory stretches from San Diego's coast to the desert. Frank Salazar, a member of the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians said Kumeyaay territory had the most diverse geography of any other tribe in the United States.

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