The Painted Rocks Website
you are a student, teacher, parent, or simply a person interested
in learning more about San Diego’s rich heritage, The Painted Rocks
can serve as a valuable learning tool. Until now, little has been
published about the Kumeyaay, a Native American people who have lived
in southern San Diego County since well before the first Europeans
visited the area.
This beautifully illustrated book is
written to provide children and adults alike with insight into
the traditional Kumeyaay way of life. Local anthropological interpreter
and experienced archaeologist, Ruth Alter, is the book's author. Ms.
Alter chose a modern setting in which to introduce the reader to
the Kumeyaay culture in order to reinforce the understanding that
Native Americans are not just people who lived here long ago, but
that modern-day Native Americans continue to teach and practice
the beliefs and values of their ancestors.
for this book were provided by a grant from the State of California
Department of Parks and Recreation and the City of San Diego's
San Dieguito River Valley Trust Fund. All proceeds will be
used to further the protection, interpretation, and understanding
the Piedras Pintadas site, a site which serves as a physical link
to the past for contemporary Kumeyaay and as a source of wonderment
for all people.
Learn about the author, Ruth Alter
Learn about the book's heroine, Cassie
Learn how to make Acorn Pudding
View some other excerpts from "The Painted Rocks"
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