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Cost: Member ($15.00), Non-Member ($18.00)

Dates & Times:
July 13, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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Wine & Lecture: Kumeyaay Cosmology

Presented by Coronado Historical Association

Friday, July 13, 2018

Museum Lecture Hall | Coronado Historical Association 1100 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118


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Long before Europeans arrived in the San Diego and Coronado area, Kumeyaay were studying the stars. This star knowledge, Maay Uuyow, encompasses a cosmological belief that once affected every aspect of Kumeyaay life. Mr. Michael Connolly Miskwish, a Kumeyaay historian, and author will share with us a small part of the vast knowledge rooted in the land and sky of our region.

Before the presentation, Mr. Miskwish will hold a youth workshop and teach some of the traditional games of the Kumeyaay. This will include a hands-on competition in the game of Pashook, a dice game.

About Michael Connolly Miskwish:

Michael is a member of the Campo Kumeyaay Nation. He has worked for over 30 years in the research and implementation of traditional Kumeyaay environmental practices in contemporary land and resource management. He has authored many papers on tribal economics, Kumeyaay history, and resource management. He has three published books on Kumeyaay history and cosmology. He has curated exhibits on Kumeyaay culture and history for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Man in San Diego, California. In 2006 he was the recipient of the John Montgomery Education Award by the Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties and, in 2017, was inducted into the Kumeyaay Kuseyaay Association.

Michael’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and a Master of Arts in Economics. He is an adjunct faculty in American Indian Studies at San Diego State University.

He works directly with the Kumeyaay Diegueno Land Conservancy, Kumeyaay Heritage Preservation Committee, and Kumeyaay Community College. He continues to write and lecture on Kumeyaay history and culture.