Kumeyaay Community College Humanities Course Features Ret Chairman Anthony Pico of Viejas

Something fun and new is taking place at Kumeyaay Community College!

KCC is offering an AA certificate in Kumeyaay studies. Humanities class, a requirement in the AA certificate program, is taught by Larry “Moto” Banegas, MSW, on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Humanity (hyoo-man-i-tee) - noun, plural humanities: 

The quality or condition of being human; human nature.
The study of literature, philosophy, art, etc.

“The response to the Humanities course has been overwhelmingly positive. We focus on indigenous teachings and life lessons that have been passed down for generations. We provide a welcome, respectful environment for tribal members - as well as the public - to experience these pearls of wisdom and share their own knowledge. From science to astrology, bird songs, creation stories, arts and healing arts, together we are rekindling a unique, indigenous family-focused connected community. There is something for everybody who attends.”

In a recent Humanities class, Former Chairman of Veijas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Anthony Pico, addressed the important topic of Indigenous Leadership. Ret. Chairman Pico was guided by his uncle, Viejas Elder Tom Hyde, for years prior to assuming the leadership role that lasted for 26 years.  

Future guest speakers are Michael Miskwish Connolly, BS, Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the return of Dr. Larry Emerson. Past guest speakers include:

• Barona Circle of Elders
• Larry Emerson, PhD – Tsédaak'áán, Diné Nation (New Mexico)
• Stan Rodriguez, MS – Santa Ysabel Band of the Iipay Nation
• Ral Christman, MA - Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
• H. Paul Cuero, Jr. - Chairman Campo Kumeyaay Nation
• Eva Salazar, Basket Weaver - Kumeyaay San Jose de la Zorra

Banegas continues, “Though this immersion platform, we hold many interactive conversations on Kumeyaay culture, history, the arts – and more. Our discussions feature indigenous community leaders, tribal leaders and revered elders; all share their wisdom and vital life lessons. Humanities class participants range from youth to elders. The result is an enriched indigenous culture and information that can be shared to benefit future generations.”

Humanities at Kumeyaay Community College will resume on April 13th after the conclusion of Spring Break. AA certificate requirements include courses in Kumeyaay language, history, humanities and more. Details and contacts can be found at

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