The Kumeyaay

History of the Kumeyaay Indians

The Kumeyaay and their ancestors  have lived on the Baja-California border at least 10,000 years in accordance with a recent excavation near Jacumba. Their descendants are probably the Yuman speaking Tipai. The striking red, black and white pictographs were painted in caves and on rocks along the southern California border, up the Gila River and along the Colorado River, ranging from the lower Grand Canyon to the Sea of Cortez. This tradition of ancient art is called La Rumorosa, after a site in northeastern Baja, Mexico.

The Kumeyaay Indians Today

There are twelve surviving North American Kumeyaay bands in the United States that are recognized by the federal government as sovereign tribal governments. Four Kumeyaay tribal communities survive south of the border in Baja California, Mexico.

One of the more successful tribal ventures are the San Diego County Kumeyaay Indian casinos, resorts, hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and golf courses. You can learn more about them by clicking on this link.

Basketry of the Mission Indians

A photo from 1924 by Edward S. Curtis from The North American Indian (1907-1930) v.15, Southern California Shoshoneans. The Dieguenos Plateau Shoshoneans. The Washo ([Seattle] : E.S. Curtis ; [Cambridge, Mass. : The University Press], 1926), plate no. 509

Kumeyaay Bands of the United States

  • Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
  • Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  • Barona Band of Mission Indians
  • San Pasqual Band of Indians
  • Inaja Cosmit Indian Reservation
  • Capitan Grande Indian Reservation
  • Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueño Indians, aka Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
  • Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians aka Cuyapaipe
  • Manzanita Indian Reservation
  • La Posta Indian Reservation
  • Jamul Indian Village A Kumeyaay Nation
  • Mesa Grande Indian Reservation
  • Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

The Baja California, Mexico, Kumiai Bands

  • San Jose de la Zorra
  • La Huerta
  • Juntas de Neji
  • San Antonio Necua
  • Santa Catarina (Kumeyaay-Pai Pai)

Campo reservation is only a few miles from the Mexican boundary.

A photo from 1924 by Edward S. Curtis from The North American Indian (1907-1930) v.15, Southern California Shoshoneans. The Dieguenos Plateau Shoshoneans. The Washo ([Seattle] : E.S. Curtis ; [Cambridge, Mass. : The University Press], 1926), plate no. 525

Hi Everybody: Heading up to Santa Barbara to show them the beauty of La Rumorosa rock art. They might be a tough audience as this is the home of the Chumash Native Americans who are among the finest painters in the whole prehistoric country. Still, it should be something different that they have never seen previously. Then it is back home and off for an encore presentation in Borrego Springs. Thank goodness Donna, John, Randy, Lisa, Dianne, Robert, Jeri, Norbert and Dorothy will be there to support the effort. John and Di have been helping to get the word out for Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association. Thank you everyone who has bought a book to support our ongoing discoveries and, I sure hope, a second book on this magnificent wilderness.
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La Rumorosa Rock Art Along the Border
Monday, February 5
7:30 p.m., Farrand Hall

This talk is based on his book which will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Please note that the access path to our meeting hall has changed. Between February and May (possibly longer) there will be no access through the big iron gates for our meeting. Instead, please follow the designated path along the front of the Museum and enter through the hallway at the Museum’s admissions area. Signs will be posted to guide you to the lecture hall. ...

Santa Barbara County Archeological Society Talk

February 5, 2018, 7:30pm - February 5, 2018, 8:30pm

La Rumorosa Rock Art Along the Border
Monday, February 5
7:30 p.m., Farrand Hall

This talk is based on his book which will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Please note that the access path to our meeting hall has changed. Between February and May (possibly longer) there will be no access through the big iron gates for our meeting. Instead, please follow the designated path along the front of the Museum and enter through the hallway at the Museum’s admissions area. Signs will be posted to guide you to the lecture hall.

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