“Post-Historic Kumeyaay Nation” on Dec 21

Presentation by Mallory Genauer, MA

Education Coordinator of the Barona Cultural Center and Museum

Friday, December 21, 2018

11:00 am -12:00 pm

ABDSP Visitor Center, Discovery Room

Borrego Springs, California


Ms. Genauer will talk about the arrival of the Spanish in Kumeyaay territory in 1769 and the subsequent establishment of the mission system — and its profound effect on the Kumeyaay lifestyle. For a more modern view, she will explain the separation of the Kumeyaay into the Barona and the Viejas bands in the 1900s.

To support her outreach presentations to local groups, Ms. Genauer often brings examples of typical lifestyle items common to the Kumeyaay, beginning in the prehistoric period. Such items include skirts made from willow bark that women wore. The bark was first soaked in water and then pounded until it became soft and flowing. The Kumeyaay also traded for obsidian, highly prized for the sharp edge that could be created for projectile points and hand tools.

Ms. Genauer has a maste’rs degree in archaeology and a certificate in museology/museum studies.