For at least 2,500 years before the 1860’s, the only human presence in the San Jacinto Mountains was provided by Cahuilla (and possibly Luiseno) Indians from the surrounding valleys and foothills. San Jacinto and Tahquitz peaks hold a central place in Cahuilla mythology. Pictographs on boulders, and bedrock mortars near oak groves and creeks, still testify to their former presence.
Gerald Clarke Jr. is a member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians. He currently lives on his family’s ranch on the reservation, and also serves on the tribal council. He is also the Visual Arts Dept. Chair at Idyllwild Arts.Please join us for this very informative presentation.