Escondido, CA

Learn how ancient local tribes viewed the cosmos

The San Diego Archaeological Center announces a unique lecture and hands-on program, “My Uuyow: The Cosmology of the Kumeyaay” presented by Kumeyaay scholar Michael Connolly Miskwish on Friday, August 14, 6:30–10:30 p.m. The program will be held at the San Diego Archaeological Center located at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. Light refreshments will be provided.

Since the dawn of time, every human culture has gazed at the night sky wondering about the twinkling lights overhead. And each culture has woven its unique legends and mythology using the stars to explain their place in the cosmos and passed down those traditions from generation to generation. The local Kumeyaay people are no exception.

Miskwish is a member of the Campo Kumeyaay Nation located in Southeastern San Diego. He is a professor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University. He will lead an enlightening discussion on the major seasonal and lunar cycles observed by the Kumeyaay people and how it related and still relates to their daily life.

After the discussion, Miskwish will lead an outdoor star gazing session where he will point out important Kumeyaay astronomical features and viewers will get an exceptional show of the Perseid meteor showers, which will be at its peak.

Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome but not necessary for viewing. Flashlights, a light jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended. Miskwish will also have Kumeyaay calendar posters available for purchase.

Program Tuition: $20 for SDAC members and students $25 for non- SDAC members Space is limited and you must register in advance. Spots are filling up, so book your ticket now!

You may purchase tickets online at To register for the event or for more information, please contact Cara Ratner at or by telephone:760-291-0370.

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