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"We need to be in a place where those children that are not yet born — we know those seven generations ahead of today — need to be in a place where they can stand, have their own land to stand on to be able to make choices, to be able to live in dignity." TIMELINE: PRECONTACT | FIRST CONTACT 1542 | FIRST EXPLORERS 1769 (What were they after?

| FIRST SETTLERS 1776 | MISSION PERIOD 1769-1823 | WARS | TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO 1848 | GOLD RUSH | GENOCIDE "IN THE NAME OF THE CHURCH" | 20TH CENTURY SURVIVAL | 21ST CENTURY & CULTURE | KUMEYAAY CASINOS | RESEARCH GUIDE | TRIBES & SOVEREIGNTYAfter hundreds of years of diligent archaeological research by experts and Kumeyaay museums full of hard tangible evidence, relics and artifacts gleaned from many hundreds of Southern California indigenous sites, it is widely accepted t If you or I are represented as the top block in this pyramid, all the mothers and fathers who got us to this point over hundreds of generations may be imagined as building blocks to create this symbolic metaphoric image.

They were combinations of soldiers, explorers and missionaries.

These non-native immigrants originally entered and settled in ancient Kumeyaay village of Kosa'aay (Cosoy) — known today as Old Town in San Diego, CA, located at the base of Presideo Hill.

Her Baja California ejido pictured in background, a rare old Kumeyaay polychrome olla clay artifact to right. Perhaps no ancient artifact weathers the passage of time more convincingly than exposed granite — pictured above is a large yoni sculpture carved in granite rock, and deep impressions drilled in a granite boulder called motars, morteres, metates, grinding holes.

Southern California has always been a haven of good weather, and good life. With ideal climate, and a land that they cared for and in turn provided a bounty of crops, game, and medicine. She is pictured on her reservation holding a large "mano" stone above a very old hole worn into a granite boulder, San Diego County, 2006.

With little to no thought given to hardship of survival, the Kumeyaay were able to turn their thoughts to ways to improve their life. Traditional Kumeyaay food sources such as acorns and pine seeds, for example, were placed in these holes, then smashed and ground into meal using a mano stone tool.

Right map highlights the historical Kumeyaay ancestral homeland in gray prior to European intrusion — the dots on the modern left map show present-day locations of the seventeen small Kumeyaay Indian reservations at the turn of the 21st century.

The great CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH of 1848-1855 brought a massive flood of some 300,000 gold prospectors and immigrants pouring into California during this seven-year period — effectively tripling California's population in seven years.

Her Baja California ejido pictured in background, a rare old Kumeyaay polychrome olla clay artifact to right. Perhaps no ancient artifact weathers the passage of time more convincingly than exposed granite — pictured above is a large yoni sculpture carved in granite rock, and deep impressions drilled in a granite boulder called motars, morteres, metates, grinding holes.

Southern California has always been a haven of good weather, and good life. With ideal climate, and a land that they cared for and in turn provided a bounty of crops, game, and medicine. She is pictured on her reservation holding a large "mano" stone above a very old hole worn into a granite boulder, San Diego County, 2006.

With little to no thought given to hardship of survival, the Kumeyaay were able to turn their thoughts to ways to improve their life. Traditional Kumeyaay food sources such as acorns and pine seeds, for example, were placed in these holes, then smashed and ground into meal using a mano stone tool.

Right map highlights the historical Kumeyaay ancestral homeland in gray prior to European intrusion — the dots on the modern left map show present-day locations of the seventeen small Kumeyaay Indian reservations at the turn of the 21st century.

The great CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH of 1848-1855 brought a massive flood of some 300,000 gold prospectors and immigrants pouring into California during this seven-year period — effectively tripling California's population in seven years.

AS A NON-NATIVE WEBMASTER with superficial perspectives and OPINIONS on the Kumeyaay-DiegueƱo-Iipay-Tipay peoples, I feel it important to say that I've rarely heard San Diego Indians speak ill of or express bitterness over the past — they seem to be more interested in their present and future.