The Ipai (also known as Kumeyaay) are the native people of northern San Diego County. This book illustrates how one Ipai family’s remarkable story forms part of the little-known, yet profoundly significant long-term history of human habitation in the land that only recently has come to be known as southern California. Beginning with the ancestors’ accounts of the creation of the world that link the Ipai with the unique characteristics of our region’s natural world, the journey then takes readers through the archaeological, historical, ethnographic and contemporary accounts of the dramatic transformations through which the Ipai have persisted and ultimately prospered.
Blood of the Band
An Ipai Family Story
Author: David L. Toler Jr.
About the Author
David L. Toler Jr.
Author David L. Toler, Jr. is an Ipai descendant of the La Chappa, Guachena and Nejo clans that once inhabited the San Pasqual Valley and the surrounding lands from ocean to mountains and deserts. Toler has long been an avid enthusiast of the culture and history of his people, a supporter of traditional cultural revitalization activities throughout the region, and an explorer who seeks out the ancient routes of his ancestors. A longtime leader of his community, Toler has served for many years as a member of the Tribal Council of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians in Valley Center, California.
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