Pala Life Past and Present Episode 17, Jane Mojado Discussing WWII,

November 20th, 2017

In this episode i have another conversation with Jane Blackmon and we discuss what the Pala Indian Reservation was like during WWII.  This conversation includes the rubber shortage and food rationing.  "Aunt Jane's" upbeat personality just makes for a truly enjoyable conversation.  She also speaks about family that comes to visit on horseback and in wagons even in the forties.

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Pala Life Past and Present Episode 3, with Jane (Mojado) Blackmon Discussing Holidays

November 20th, 2017

In this episode I have a conversation with Jane (Mojado) Blackmon.  We discuss her childhood on the Pala Indian Reservation.  This conversation happened in January so we discuss her memories of Christmas and the Holidays.  We also discuss how the holidays of today are different.  This is an awesome journey as we see the history of Pala through the eyes of Jane Blackmon, or Aunt Jane as she is affectionately called.

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Pala Life Past and Present #48_Inter-Tribal Youth 2017_Marc Chavez

August 7th, 2017

The Inter Tribal Youth program is in its 17th year.  Marc Chavez is an enthusiastic leader and mentor.  In this interview we discuss the past, present and future of this program through the eyes of the youth that are in the program.  We are introduced to a wonderful Hawaiian Chant.  Enjoy!

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Pala Life Past and Present featuring Gilbert Mojado Part One

July 28th, 2016

This episode of Pala Life Past and Present has an interview with Gilbert Mojado a nonagenarian from the Pala Indian Reservation.  He talks about the different schools that he attended.   The schools included grade school, elementary, high school and trade schools.  He also relates some experiences in the military.  This episode also includes a song by Paul Miranda called Nangexchim Taniwe. (The men are dancing) Sit back and take a trip into the past with Pala Life Past and Present

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Pala Life Past and Present Episode 40, Featuring author George H Phillips

July 22nd, 2015

This episode of Pala Life Past and Present includes an interview with the author George Harwood Phillips.  Mr. Phillips wrote many books however in 1974 he wrote a book called "Chiefs and Challengers".  In 2014, he completed a revised edition of the 1974 book.  The book is about Indian Resistance and Cooperation in Southern California, 1769 to 1906. The first book covered a period up to 1863. In the interview he discusses his reasons for writing the book.
I also have a story by Rosinda Nolasques. the story is called "The Coyote and the Wolf".  It is told in the beautiful Pa'enaxily Language.  You can find this story in the book "Mulu'Wetam".
The show ends with a song by the Inter-tribal Bird Singers.  This song was recorded at Haskell Indian Nations University.

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Pala Life Past and Present - Leroy Riggs (SDPress 2015 entry)

July 22nd, 2015

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Episode 38 Sam Reed Interview and the story of Kisily Pewick

January 9th, 2015

In this episode, I introduce some Cupeno culture.  The story of Kisily Pewick is told by Rosenda Nolasquez in the beautiful Pa'enaxily language, the language of the People from Cupa.  My interview with Sam Reed, an elder from the Rincon Reservation.  He talks about going to school in the 30's at Sherman Institute in Riverside, California.  There is also a song "Chemesh Ataxem Kuupangax"  sung by Paul Miranda.  Sam Reed went to school with my father, so this show was a pleasure to put together!

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Episode 13 Conversation with Donald Jameson

January 9th, 2015

In this episode, I share a conversation that I had with Donald Jameson, an elder that lived on the Rincon Indian Reservation.  He talks about growing up on the Reservation.  I also shared some words in Pa'enaxily, the language of the people of Cupa.  The song is provided by the Inter-tribal bird singers.  It is a song that was recorded at the 99th birthday party for Bernyce Ponchetti.  Mr. Donald Jameson was a perfect interview. he loved to speak and he had a very interesting life.

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Episode 39 Conversation with Ruben Silvas Jr and Family

January 9th, 2015

In this show I had the opportunity to visit with the Silvas Family.  Ruben Silvas Jr received an Athletic scholarship to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks for basketball.  I played basketball, like a lot of us, on the reservation.  I played some with Ruben's grandfather and I have seen the athletic development of this young man.  In this show I speak with three generations of ball players.  However my first conversation is with my Comadre Lilly, Ruben's grandmother, followed by the ball players and Ruben's Coach from the University.  I finish the show with a song from the Inter Tribal Bird Singers.

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Pala Life Past and Present Episode 38 with Billy Mills

October 28th, 2014

In this episode there is a the story "Coyote and the Flood" as told by Rosenda Nolasques.  This story follows Coyote as he is escaping a flood and meets several animals on his escape.  There is also a song by the Inter Tribal Bird Singers that was recorded at the 99th birthday party of Bernyce Ponchetti.  This is followed by an interview with Billy Mills, the only American to win the 10,000 meter race in the Olympics he won in 1964.  He has been speaking to Native American youth for many years.  He spoke to our group back in 1981.  Now here I am asking him about the changes he has seen in the youth.  I also asked him about his new program "Dream Starter" which will be starting in November 2014.

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