Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day Celebrates Native American Culture
Native American history and culture play a large and important role in the creation and success of the City of Temecula as a whole and every year the city celebrates Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day; a holiday commemorating the contributions of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians on the community.
According to City of Temecula Press Materials:
“Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day is a City holiday in recognition of November 15, 2012, when Pu’éska Mountain was reunited with its original Pechanga stewards. One of the Nation’s largest aggregate surface mines slated to destroy the Sacred Creation Area of all Luiseño Indians, and impose harmful quality of life impacts to its surrounding communities, was ultimately stopped by a historical agreement negotiated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.
The holiday Proclamation echoes the story of how the community worked tirelessly for seven years to oppose the excavation and destruction of an environmentally and culturally sensitive mountain. The annual holiday is an opportunity to reflect on the profound ways in which the Pechanga Tribe, Temecula’s first citizens, has shaped our community’s character and heritage.”
To celebrate a partnership that is so important in the fabric of the city, this Saturday, November 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, exhibits emphasizing Native American culture, art and lifestyle will be available for viewing at City Hall. At 11:00 am, a presentation at the steps of city hall will reaffirm the City’s Proclamation of Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day as a local holiday. Community leaders as well as high-ranking representatives from Pechanga, including Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro, are expected to be in attendance.
In addition to the presentation, the Pechanga Cultural Resources Department will provide hands-on family cultural activities, a mobile museum and chance for attendees to sample unique examples of Native American food.
The 2014 Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day is part of the City of Temecula’s 25 Days of Fun, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. The festivities, which will continue throughout November and early December, include several events as well as online opportunities for residents to join in on the fun.
For more information on Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day, or any of the other exciting events and opportunities throughout the 25 days, visit temeculaevents.org/Temecula25.