Kumeyaay Day By The Bay 

A special day along Rose Creek at the San Diego Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club supporting the revitalization of the Kumeyaay culture. A time outside for all ages to enjoy our coastal resources and learn about Kumeyaay people, culture and history.

Date: Saturday May 7, 2022

Time: Noon to 4pm

Location:  San Diego Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club

12:00 pm – 4 pm Ha Kwaiyo (Tule Boat) Building Workshop 

Dr. Stanley Rodriguez will lead this free Ha Kwaiyo (tule boat) building workshop. All ages can learn-by-doing. No experience is required and materials are provided. Weave and tie tule reeds to craft a boat using techniques handed down by the Kumeyaay along the San Diego coast and Rose Creek. Workshop starts at Noon and continues until 4pm. Boats will be built and repaired (tuned up) by participants. Participants will be able to launch and paddle boats on the water (personal floatation devices are required and will be provided).

About Dr. Stan Rodriguez, EdD

Stan Rodriguez, (Kumeyaay – Iipay, Santa Ysabel) learned from his Grandmother and other Kumeyaay Elders the methods and culture. Stan has an MA in Human Behavior and received his doctorate degree at UCSD.

Stan is an instructor and board member at Kumeyaay Community College. He teaches Kumeyaay Language I, II, III and Kumeyaay Tools courses.

12:00 pm – 3 pm Indian Tacos

Indian Tacos have a long, controversial, and symbolic history. In the 1800s, when native Americans were interned onto reservations, they were given rations of flour, powdered milk, salt and lard. Fry bread and chili beans became comfort food.

Indian Tacos will be available today from the Boat Club Galley, complete with all the fixens of a modern-day taco including cheese, salsa, jalapenos, sour cream and cilantro.

12:00pm – 2pm Kumeyaay Coastal History - Free

Meet Dierdre Encarnación; MA; Anthropology & Biology, San Diego State University. Certificate of Specialization in Kumeyaay Studies with a focus on Native Land Management and Language, Kumeyaay Community College. Ms. Encarnación has worked for 16 years in Southern California in Cultural Resource Management. Researcher, cultural advocate, writer and story teller, she is a fantastic resource on the history and archeology of the San Diego coast. Learn about the history of Mission Bay and the special Kumeyaay relationships.

12:00pm – 3pm Barona Cultural Center & Museum Booth - Free

Meet Mandy Curo de Quintero, Barona tribal member and Museum Committee Member. Learn about the history and culture of the Kumeyaay people, celebrating the Barona Band of Indians dating thousands of years ago to modern day. Peruse artifacts and information. Learn about the history of the Barona Reservation and contemporary issues.


Aqua-Adventures Kayaks and Paddleboard        

Ikuna Koa Outrigger Canoe Club                 

PLEASE NOTE:  No dogs allowed (members’ dogs ok), no outside alcohol allowed.

Land Acknowledgement:

We wish to acknowledge that here in Mission Bay (Mayahan ne wa kushlap ha sin ewick kakap) we are within the unceded territory of the Kumeyaay, the indigenous people who have been in this area since time immemorial. We greatly appreciate the past Kumeyaay stewardship of these lands and waters and we support their people, their language and culture, and their ongoing reconnection to Mission Bay and the San Diego coast.  ©  2023 | San Diego Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club is a 501(c) 7 non-profit organization.

2606 North Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

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