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Pechanga Tribal Culture: Fact or Myth?


FACT

Pechanga Tribal members purchase clothing from stores and dress in generally the same way as their nonnative Southern California neighbors. Traditional Pechanga dress rested on our use of materials provided naturally by the lands we have always inhabited. We used the fibers we created from the natural resources of our land.

MYTH

"Real" Native Americans wear feathers, buckskin and beads.


FACT
Housing for most Tribal members today reflects that of usual neighborhood construction. Traditional Pechanga housing rested on our use of materials provided naturally by the lands we have always inhabited.
MYTH

"Real" Native Americans live in Tipis.


FACT
Our Pechanga homelands, the Great Oak, the Canyon, and all that our lands encompass and provide carry a meaning that goes beyond the physical possession of the land. See info at Traditional Sites.
MYTH

There is no significant difference between the way Native Americans and nonnatives value, use or care for land or resources.


FACT
At Pechanga our musical traditions do not include drums; they include our Rattlemaking and our Bird Songs. See info on Pechanga Rattlemaking.
MYTH
All Native Americans pound on drums when they sing their traditional songs.

FACT

The Great Oak of the Pechanga Band and the land that surrounds it (the Ranch) is eligible for inclusion in the United State's National Register of Historic Places. It is a historical treasure maintained for the Pechanga people, and of historical significance to all Americans. Our traditional basketry is sought by many nonnative museums for inclusion in their collections and Pechanga's monitors guide expert archeologists in the treatment of Pechanga artifacts.

MYTH

Pechanga's cultural treasures have little historical importance to those outside the Band.

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