JANE DUMAS HONORED
Jane Dumas is an enrolled Kumeyaay tribal member of the Jamul Indian Village - A Kumeyaay Nation. The Jamul band is one of twelve sovereign, federally-recognized Kumeyaay bands indigenous to the Southern California region of the County of San Diego, Imperial County, and Baja California Norte, Mexico.
Jane spent some of her early childhood in the Tecate countryside (US-Mexico border area). She currently resides in the City of Lemon Grove, just east of San Diego, and west of La Mesa, California.
Jane has taught Southern California ethnobotany and Kumeyaay language at the Kumeyaay Community College (Sycuan Indian Reservation). School children may recall seeing Jane's published work, including the videos “Trails of the Kumeyaay” (1994), and “Stewardship Through the Ages” (1999). She has also given hundreds of public speeches about Kumeyaay history and culture throughout Southern California over the past 60 years.
Jane's daughter, Daleane "Dee" Dumas-Adams passed away in March, 2009 Daleane took an active role in founding the KUMEYAAY.INFO website.
HISTORICAL KUMEYAAY PHOTOGRAPHS: A young Jane pictured around 1940 holding a big yellow tabby cat, and riding a horse. Jane's parents Ambrosio and Isabel Thing pictured in historical San Diego photographs.
12,000 YEARS 600 GENERATIONS IN SAN DIEGO BORDER REGION
A true San Diego Native, Jane's Kumeyaay Indian ancestors have occupied the greater San Diego area for some 600 generations, 12,000 years (according to historical accounts and hard archeological evidence gleaned from many hundreds of local ancient indigenous sites that have been academically scrutinized and opined by scholars and scientists over the past 250 years or so).
Cultural activist in region steeped in San Diego tribal history:
JANE DUMAS DAY, April 28, 2012
The Mission Trails Regional Park held a special community event to honor Jane Dumas and the Kumeyaay tribe including a raising of the official Kumeyaay-Diegueño Nation tribal flag...PRESS RELEASE & PHOTOS.
Jane Dumas pictured above with master basket weaver Yvonne La Chusa-Trottier (Ipai, Mesa Grande) and her daughter in 2005 during the Annual Old Town San Diego Fiesta in Old Town San Diego. Yvonne displayed her Kumeyaay baskets during the cultural event.
SHUMUP KO HUP (Dream Come True)
In about 2000, Jane and her daughter, Daleane, cofounded the Shumup Ko Hup gift shop in the San Diego Old Town State Park. Their Indian store sold only authentic traditional ethnographic art handcrafted by California Indians. In the store's heyday, Jane promoted and represented a thriving Southern California Indian co-opt of more than 60 Native California Indian artisans. Unfortunately for the. community, Jane and Dee closed their popular gift shop and HOWKA.COM website in 2007 as a result of hard times during the Great Recession.
KUMEYAAY TIME-LINE Brief
10000 B.C. PRE-CONTACT:
Museums full of Kumeyaay artifacts and scientific and academic studies citing archeological evidence suggest the Kumeyaay Indians have have occupied this region for at least 12,000 years that's about 9,000 years before the Great Pyramid of Giza was built!!!
1542 FIRST CONTACT:
The first European explorer known to visit San Diego (1542) was a Spanish sailing expedition led by the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. Cabrillo sailed past what is now called Point Loma and landed in San Diego Bay he promptly claimed the entire region for Spain under Doctrine of Discovery.
1769 SPANISH MISSIONS & SETTLERS ARRIVE:
When Spanish soldier/explorer Gaspar de Portolà and Father Junipero Serra founded the near-by Mission San Diego de Alcalá (1769), Old Town was known amongst the local population as Kosa'aay (a thriving and long-established Kumeyaay village). Some people speculate that Portolà's land exploration into California was indeed a quest to find the fabled Seven Cities of Gold, and the California Missions created bases from which to operate and gain the support and trust of the indigenous peoples.
1848 US-MEXICO BORDER & CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH:
With the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the Mexican American War (1846-1848), the American and Mexican governments cut their US-Mexico International Border through the heart of prime Kumeyaay ancestral homelands and separated the Kumeyaay tribe into two parts... in addition to the thirteen American Kumeyaay reservations in San Diego County, four Kumiai communities survive south of the international border at the turn of the 21st century.
The California Gold Rush (1848-1855) is historically paramount to Kumeyaay history in San Diego it was estimated that some 300,000 immigrants poured into California during this seven-year period effectively tripling California's population and decimating the indigenous tribal population as a result... it's been estimated that some $10 Billion (2002 dollars) in gold was taken from California tribal lands between 1848 and 1862.
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|Professional photography, writing and design by San Diego photojournalist: GARY G. BALLARD
This page was made possible specifically because of a paid assignment last week by Hank & Shirley Murphy that afforded me the luxury of working on this unpaid work (shoot, processing, layout) without having to worry if my apartment manager was going to knock on the door and ask me for the rent money to keep a roof over my head -- tomorrow will be another day, of course....
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