Visitors witnessed the past come alive during this weekend's re-enactment of life in the Laguna mountains, going back in time to before the early 1900s. Mt. Laguna volunteer, Jan Tubiolo, portraying a Kumeyaay Indian, lectured on the Native American lifestyle in the area. Photo by Nancee Lewis Photography. Nancee E. Lewis
EAST COUNTY — For some weekend visitors, a trek to Mount Laguna became a trip back in time. Sort of.
Double-necked olla, an Imperial Valley Desert Museum piece. Photo courtesy of Imperial Valley Desert Museum .
Ceramic vessels, as we are familiar with them today, came to the Imperial Valley about 1,000 years ago.
Depending on their size and shape, they were used for food storage, water, cooking or any other use requiring a container. They are commonly referred to as ollas.
An estimated crowd between 800 – 1,000 attended the 16th annual Viejas Birdsingers’ Gathering on August 16, 2014. Tribal members from the north and as far as the southwest and Grand Canyon attended the event including: the Cuhuilla’s from Riverside, California; Cocopah’s from Arizona; the Hualapai and Havasupai from the Grand Canyon areas; Keowee’s from Martinez, California; Maricopa’s from Laveen, Arizona; the Mojave’s from Needles, California; Yavapai-Apache Nation from Flagstaff, Arizona; and the Quechan’s from Winterheaven, Arizona.
Members of the Kumeyaay Tribes of San Diego are enjoying a court victory in the case of White vs. University of California. However, the battle may be far from over as the plaintiffs plan to appeal.
“In regard to the Ninth Circuit opinion in the case of White v. University of California, we are evaluating our options, but we intend to pursue this matter all the way to the United States Supreme Court if necessary,” said Michael Reedy of McManus Faulkner, the law firm representing the plaintiffs.
A revamped casino compact between the Brown administration and a prominent San Diego County tribe seems headed for quick ratification after brief informational hearings this week and Assembly approval Friday morning.