NATIVE AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY California Indian tribes of Baja California Mexico, professional pictures pics high resolution panoramic landscapes and images of Native Californians still living on their indigenous tribal lands in ranchos ranches rancherias with natural mountain stream, willow trees and cottonwood grove in the desert scenery. Photos/Page/Design: GARY BALLARD

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of this aboriginal Kumeyaay landscape.

LA HUERTA Kumeyaay Indigenous Landscape

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I chose to lead this Native American documentary with this picture because the indigenous Kumeyaay landscape scenery shows the extreme isolation of the "Rancho Tipai" area and Kumeyaay home in rural La Huerta — the river scene appears time immemorial (recorded beyond the limits of memory, tradition, or recorded history).

The indigenous picture shows natural Indian WILLOW trees and COTTONWOOD trees grove growing wild along a natural high desert mountain stream. Both cottonwood and willow trees have lost their leaves in this winter landscape photo.

My KUMEYAAY.INFO La Huerta professional picture essay leads with this February 2006 photograph taken from the remote Aldama Kumeyaay ranchero looking back at the winding dirt road that leads away from the rural Indian home and out into the modern civilized world.

The natural mountain stream is pictured flowing across the photograph, in a low state, with the winter season and lack of winter rain showing in river's low depth, brown trees and dry vegetation.

Last year this time the area was lush green and the river was up so high we couldn't cross over to visit and had to turn back.

The main Aldama Kumiai home is located about 75 yards behind the camera along with the other photographed ranch structures in this series.

The other plant and scenic landscape photos in this gallery were taken out into this pictured area of high mountain desert.


The Aldama Kumiai Rancho Tipai is located just across a natural mountain stream, far from anything that has to do with modern civilization and its conveniences.

The Kumeyaay California Indian rancheria is located on the edge of a remote mountain wilderness area about 70 miles south of the U.S.-Mexican border, and 30 miles east of Ensenada. (link broken) excerpt by Mike Wilken:

The southernmost of the Kumiai communities, located on the eastern edge of the great Ojos Negros Valley and at the base of the Sierra Juarez, this community's 6268 hectares include fertile soil and plentiful springs, giving it rich agricultural potential, as it's name La Huerta "The Orchard" suggests. In the past, when indigenous groups were more mobile, the site of La Huerta represented an important encampment in the yearly migration from the coast up to the mountains. Many Huerteños also remember the tradition of cultural and economic exchange with the Cucapa who came up from the Colorado River delta region every summer...".

According to ARCHEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE including numerous Kumeyaay cave paintings in the area, the Kumeyaay Indians have lived in this area for thousands of years.

The surrounding countryside substantiates this fact with a large assortment of Kumeyaay Indigenous plants on Rancho Tipai that appear with greater concentration than would be expected to occur naturally.

Further, very large oak trees, many hundreds of years old, and beautiful oak groves provide the Kumiai Ranch area with large acorn harvests — a staple of early Kumeyaay Indian diet.

Even further than that, many ancient grinding stones drilled into surrounding rocks — evidence their was a lot of seed grinding — further indicate Rancho Tipai is very old tribal village site that likely supported a large Kumeyaay Indian population.

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