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Article: Honoring Traditions Gathering

Pala Band of Mission Indian Cupa Cultural Center Article

Pala, CA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians and the Cupa Cultural Center announces that the Honoring Traditions Gathering was featured in an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Honoring Traditions Gathering

Pala’s first “Honoring Traditions” gathering was featured in an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune on August 31, 2019. The article focuses on the importance of maintaining tribal cultural traditions like bird singing, peon, and shinny, and describes some of the history of the people of Pala. The article includes interviews with Pala tribal members Eric Ortega, Mel Lavato, and Diana Duro, along with Chairman Robert Smith.

We are proud that the inaugural gathering was such a success and look forward to next year’s event.


Pala Band California Cupa Cultural Center Event Honoring Traditions Gathering San Diego Union-Tribune
Screenshot from San Diego Union-Tribune website


The Kupa Song and Dance group performs at the beginning of the inaugural “Honoring Traditions” gathering hosted by the Pala Band of Mission Indians. (Charlie Neuman)
August 31, 2019, Pala Indian Reservation, California_USA_| Two five man teams of youths battle in the traditional Native American game of Shinny, a game similar to hockey that’s played with homemade sticks from local trees. Points are scored when the ball contacts your opponent’s rock, shown at middle. |_Photo Credit: Photo by Charlie Neuman(Charlie Neuman/Photo by Charlie Neuman)

Cupa Cultural Center
For more information contact the Cupa Cultural Center:
760-891-3590 | |