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Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretative Center, Poway, CA

 The  Kumeyaay-Ipai Center  is a small site with a lot to offer.  I went to a docent-led tour yesterday.  It was a fascinating introduction to the history of Kumeyaay people and the ethnobotany of the area.  The focus of the talk was how the Kumeyaay (the native people of San Diego County) used their environment to make a living, taking full advantage of the plant and animal resources.  Our guide had had some personal experiences with things like preparing acorns to eat (a lot of work) and trying to dig up agave roots (also a lot of work).  The Kumeyaay used dozens of plants for food, medicine, housing, for ceremonial purposes and to make life pleasant for themselves.  They migrated seasonally from the coast for fishing to the mountains for harvesting the best acorns and into the desert. Poway used to part of this migration and there were at least five seasonal villages.  The Center has a short walking trail with guides to the local plants.  Most interesting is a large rock with deep g

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