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SAN JOSE DE LA ZORRA KUMEYAAY INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY 2004-2007
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In December of 2004, I took the opportunity to begin taking some road trips into the Mexican Kumeyaay territory to visit the San Jose de la Zorra Kumeyaay indigenous rancherias in Valle de Guadalupe. The San Jose de la Zorra Kumeyaay Indigenous Community is one of five Kámia Kumiai Kumeyaay Indian communities in Baja California, Mexico, including La Huerta, San Antonio Necua, Santa Catarina, Juntas de Neji. An additional 13 Kumeyaay bands remain above the border in San Diego County for a total of 17 recognized Kumeyaay tribes.
By the United State's living standards, the Kumeyaay people in Jose de la Zorra are poverty stricken, closed out of most modern-world conveniences, but it is hard to not appreciate the hard work and spirit of the southern Kumeyaay aboriginal peoples and their simple lifestyles.
For example, my Kumeyaay guide told me the San Jose de la Zorra Kumeyaay Indian village was only recently being wired for electricity a month prior to my visits in December of 2004. Most, if not all of the Kumeyaay homes I visited still had no electricity and none had running water or plumbing a trip to the restroom in this tribal village means looking for an outhouse or bush.
The road from the main highway into San Jose de la Zorra is unpaved dirt, rocky and eroded, it winds through miles of what at times seems like mountainous high desert wilderness a beautiful unforgiving countryside. The Kumeyaay People here maintain their own roads.
Snippets of my initial on-line research:
KUMEYAAY.COM writer Mike Wilken (kumeyaay.com link broken) writes some very interesting information about the San Jose de la Zorra community.
ADESU.ORG is developing detailed information about the local Kumiai Mexican Indian artesanos and artesanis of San Jose de la Zorra, Baja CA, including satellite maps.
CALIFORNIA INDIAN ART:
Many of the Kamiai Kumiai Indios here earn their living today by traditional basket weaving fine California Indian baskets, including other traditional Indian arts and crafts like Native American coiled clay pottery, indigenous California bark skirts, fiber sandals, bows and arrows, war clubs, authentic Native American ethnographic arts and crafts all made in the traditional way with the traditional materials.
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