This funding will support our fuels management and site preparation efforts on gathering and hunting areas throughout our land and will enable us to plan safe and effective community cultural burns within them. Now in our 4th year tending the 327 acre property, several plots have been tediously cared for by family, friends, and community. All working toward the goal of improving habitat for plant and animal relatives, in addition to reviving traditional hunting and gathering patches within Páyomkawish/Cahuilla homelands. As cultural singers, practitioners, and instructors in our community at Pechanga, we strive to teach our teens and young adults the importance of protecting and restoring the health of the earth, Tamáayawut. With the funding, we plan to acquire tools and equipment to process decades of woody debris and excessive fuel loading throughout the property. As these areas are more balanced out, Túu'qat Káamalam (the old plant people) can wake back up from dormancy and reclaim their spaces. Our broader goals of community building and the transference of practices encompassing traditional ecological knowledge can then be achieved. An example of some practices include archery, gathering foods, medicines and textiles, and prescribed fire methods.
Joe Arellano, Camaray Davalos, Juan Rodriguez
The Climate Science Alliance Tribal Working Group is a climate collaboration for the lands and cultures of Southern California's Tribes.