San Diego Presidio Plaque Dedication
By Roy Cook
Tribal people are forever, first and foremost, First Americans. Historically, California Tribal people have paid their fair share and nations more! These are fine thoughts for Friday, November 4, 2005. The day is fair and friendly for the festivities and recognition of one peso from each Indian, donation. at the San Diego Presidio Plaque dedication.
The California Society of the Sons of the American Revolution organized this dedication. This group and organizations like the California Historical Society and San Diego Historical Society continue to thrive - there are currently five hundred additional small, volunteer-based historical societies throughout California, representing a vast number of nationalistic restoration projects.
Firstly, the Wildcat Singers open the dedication. Jon Meza Cuero, Tipai-Kumeyaay, is a Master singer, native speaker, and culture bearer with a lifetime of traditional experience in Southern California and Baja tribal communities. Singing with him today are Ben Nance, Henry Mendibles and Roy Cook. Jon sings Nyemie, Wildcat or Gato songs. Jon has taught language and music classes on the college level for a number of years. He has organized the Three Aukas singing group on both sides of the International border to maintain and preserve the rich singing tradition of the Tipai Kumeyaay Wildcat song.
The Kumeyaay - Tipai people are the original guardians of the Bird song tradition. These songs are composed of an allegorical cycle of approximately 300 pieces. However, what we now generally call 'bird songs' was only one of twelve or more specialized song cycles, such as: Wildcat, Lightning, Salt dances, and Lasha and funeral songs.
Abel Silvas, Acjachemen
'Running Grunion', is the invited Native American Representative. Abel
is a Native American/Californio, whose ancestry comes from the Juaneno
Band of Mission Indians of the Acjachemen Nation and he is a direct descendant
from the Silvas Family, one of the first European families to settle in
The California Society
of the Sons of the American Revolution dedicate a brass plaque recognizing
the financial contributions made by Spain in its war against Great Britain.
With patriotic flourishes and colorful colonial period reenactments the afternoon program took place under sunny skies and a cool sea breeze. Indian summer in San Diego is a beautiful place to be! A heroic military highlight is the All American 82nd Airborne Veterans color guard.
Finally, with the echoes of muskets in the air, the Wildcat Singers conclude the main program with appropriate Kumeyaay songs.
If you want additional information about the plaque dedication, or wish to participate in the planning or funding of a future plaque dedication, please contact the Chapter President, William E. Tisch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chapter Secretary Philip L. Hinshaw (email@example.com).
respectfully reported by americanindiansource.com