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Customs and Traditions

Leona Kengish (Ardilla), age 114, in 1909The Pechanga Tribe invests in preserving and practicing our many traditional ways. Knowing our customs and traditions connects us to our worldview as individuals and a community.

Our practices of, for instance, basketry and rattlemaking, and our approach to traditional foods and hunting and gathering allows us to more deeply understand our relationships with the earth, our aboriginal territory, and to all fellow beings, animate and inanimate.

Our customs and traditions embody the wisdom handed down to us through the ages. Passing them on is vital to our integrity as a people.

Above photo: Leona Kengish (Ardilla), age 114, in 1909.
Image courtesy of San Diego Historical Society, Photographic Collection of Edward Davis.