Monday, November 29, 2010

Kumeyaay Place Names Project

IntelliSparx Launches Kumeyaay Place Names ProjectContact InformationEric Wohl
4675 51st St.
San Diego CA, 92115

San Diego based interactive agency IntelliSparx launches interactive map for the Kumeyaay Place Names Project.

Online PR News – 26-November-2010 –IntelliSparx, a San Diego based digital interactive agency recently launched the Kumeyaay P lace Names Project at IntelliSparx donated a portion of its profit to the Kumeyaay Place Names Project to help kick-start the efforts of the Kumeyaay Research Team.

This website features an interactive map of Kumeyaay (Iipay/Tipay aka Diegueno) Place Names. Our goal was to gather invaluable information from some of remaining Kumeyaay speakers and from hard-to-access archival and printed resources and then to present it in a form that is accurate and available to many.

Financial supporters include: the Sycuan Institute for Tribal Gaming, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Endangered Language Fund, Intellisparx and Larry Banegas of

“Having worked with, we had a great opportunity to become the active provider for the Kumeyaay Place Names Project. The KPP team has done terrific research in their respective fields and it was a pleasure putting their studies in to a web based application so that the Kumeyaay History would become a part of the web for future education and research studies,” said President of IntelliSparx, Eric Wohl.

Few concepts resonate more strongly than “place” in indigenous studies today. Place names describe landforms and also show a close connection with nature and tell timeless stories associated with land.

To learn more about the project visit

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Howka tribal members, There is a great website to help all our tribal members getting ready for college or are already in college. Check this out !

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Free EBook- The Indian Captive

Howka tribal members, I thought I would start posting some free books that our tribal members could read online. I am starting with a book called The Indian Captive.. which is about a white man that was kidnapped and held as a slave and ultimately adopted into a tribe.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Indian Captive, by Matthew Brayton

This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at

Title: The Indian Captive A narrative of the adventures and sufferings of Matthew Brayton in his thirty-four years of captivity among the Indians of north-western America

Monday, November 8, 2010


Howka tribal members.. well the results are in >>> we now have new leaders and hopefully new opportunities... and hopefully a new library.. Here are the results:

Executive Branch
Chairman Virgil Perez
Vice-Chairwoman Brandie Taylor

Legislative Branch
Sunni Dominguez
Arlene Linton
Brenda Osuna
Andrew Wilson
Paul Gonzales
Ashley Koda
Michelle Austin

Judicial Branch
Chief Judge Brandenburg

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Howka tribal members, It is a sad loss to our community to lose Anna. I want to send out my condolences to the family and to the Sycuan reservation. Anna was revered by us all. I personally remember Anna for all the good she has done for our people and villages on both sides of the border. Anna gave me the strength and determination to get my traditional tattoo done. She was the only other person from our tribe that I knew of that had one done. There is a great write up and pic of Anna in our local newspaper. I am sure Mayaha is glad she is home and out of pain.To read the article/ obit.. check here