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Cupa Days 2010

Posted 05-15-2010 at 09:34 PM by AmigoKumeyaay
36th Annual Cupa Days Cultural Celebration
Pala Indian Reservation San Diego County

Cupa Days are here again, a time to celebrate local indigenous cultures, and see friends.

I hit the road, all interstate highway, Pala Reservation is 60 miles to the north. My friend Abel will be performing his character "Running Grunion" based upon local indigenous culture while he mixes in mime, comedy, and Native storytelling. I will video record his act so he can...
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2010 Cupa Days Celebration at Pala

Posted 05-15-2010 at 09:32 PM by AmigoKumeyaay
(Cupa Days Part Two)

Abel remembers his roots, and his coastal tribal heritage. The San Juan Capistrano Mission was where many Tongva people were brought to work under Spanish rule. The U.S. Government does not recognize the "Juanenos" as a tribe today, although the descendants still petition for their own reservation. They must struggle in legal and political arenas while they also struggle to maintain their identity.

Abel is fully-sanctioned to recover...
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