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San Diego County Indian Storytellers DVD Series inthe Cuyamaca Library
Clarence Brown, Sr. : Kumeyaay elder and storyteller, Viejas Reservation
Clarence Brown talks his past and growing up. He talks about how he was not allowed to speak Indian in public school and had to learn English. He tells about how the families of the tribe were offered $2500 to buy a home on the reservation or somewhere else. 14 families choose not to live on the reservation and forfeited their rights to any land or money from the Viejas Reservation. This included any family member that was born into that family.
Jane Duma: Traditional Health
Jane Duma talked about how to use the plants that Mother Nature gave us and what each plant was user for. Teaching examples like Salvia apiana (white sage) make a tea for colds and coughs. Tell how the Kumeyaay do not use drums but, gourds in their songs. The bird songs are very important to the Kumeyaay. She also mention that people on the tribe did not want her teaching the langue to none tribal members. How the dialect is different for each tribe. Then she shows a book called Just before sunset by Lora L. Cline which has Kumeyaay words in the back and another book which is about her mom called Delfina Cuero by Florence Connolly Shipek which both books can be found at Cuyamaca College Library.
Karen Vigneault: Film Student, Kumeyaay Indian
Karen Vigneault talks about her family story. Talks about how there are 14 reservation under the Kumeyaay Nation but, they have their own government. How not much people know about the Kumeyaay due to the lack of teaching. She wants to be a film maker to teach people about the past to the future. Karen is from the Santa Ysabel reservation.
Seventh Generation Singers: East County Reservations
James Main Jr. (Montana) was hired as a youth counselor for the Kumeyaay working with the youth. While working with the youth he organized a drum group called the Seventh Generation Singers. This DVD is about how the group was invited to Grossmont College back in 1998 to play for a class. James talks about the importance of the drum and how the drum is the heart beat of the Native People. He talks how they sit in a circle and how it is sacred. The group plays around 7 songs before each song James talks about the history and meaning of the song. The children age ranged from 7 to 12 years old and are from the east county reservations Campo, Manzanita, and La Posta.
California Indian DVD Series in the Cuyamaca Library
California Indian series [Disc 1]. Drake & the Miwok
Call Number: DVD HIST 466
Publication Date: 1999
Author George Emanuels presents a profile of Sir Francis Drake, the first European to encounter the Native people of northern California; then he takes us on a tour of Kule Loklo, an authentic replica of a Coast Miwok Village; then George offers a history of the Coast, Interior, and Southern Sierra Miwok tribes.
California Indian series [Disc 2]. Ishi & 8 northern tribes
Call Number: DVD HIST 467
Publication Date: 1999
Author George Emanuels begins this program addressing the dishonorable actions against Native American populations by many explorers and settlers; then he focuses on the positive legacy left by Native Americans. He introduces us to Ishi, the last known survivor of the Yana people of California. Ishi, which means "man" in his native tongue, was the name given to California's last surviving Indian by anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, after he was discovered in Oroville, on August 29, 1911. Also George helps us better understand the differences of the Yurok, Karok, Hupa, Maidu, Wintun, Patwin and Pomo tribes.
California Indian series [Disc 3]. The Missions and 7 southern tribes
Call Number: DVD HIST 468
Publication Date: 1999
California's missions are a lasting reminder of the days when the first Europeans pioneered this great land; also, they can remind us of the native people who lived here and whose way of life changed forever. In this program, author/historian George Emanuels addresses various aspects of mission life involving the native people; then, drawing from a vast collection of historical photos and drawings, the author/historian completes his thematic approach in illustrating differences between the natives by introducing viewers to seven southern California tribes: the Costanoan, Yokuts, Gabrieleno, Chumash, Luiseño, Diegueño and Cahuilla. To conclude the program, Mr. Emanuels offers a personal perspective on why he wrote the book, "California Indians: An Illustrated Guide."
California Indian series [Disc 4]. California Indians' glossary game
Call Number: DVD HIST 469
This program presents a multiple-choice game that offers viewers a fun and challenging opportunity to review 23 important words and topics about California's Native Americans. Viewers are asked to do their best to correctly answer each question; then, after all the questions have been asked, they can see how well they have done as a review of all the correct answers appears on the screen. For each question three answers are given.