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Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano: The Acjachemen (Juaneño) Indian Community
Text: ‚Are you involved with cultural revival efforts?‚
If you want to learn, you won't ask to be taught. you will be there when somebody‚s doing something. I have taught basket weaving, I have learned basket weaving. I do a lot of pottery stuff and mostly give my stuff away. In opposed to my son selling it at garage sales.
Text: ‚On the California Indian Lands Settlement Payment of 1964‚
You know when you're working for ten cents an hour in fields. My dad used to work out as a foreman out in the clay mines out on the Ortega. And he has a pretty good income, at first, but my mother of course well, it was the decline of the stock exchange, so everything went away. And he used to walk all the way to El Toro to earn ten cents an hour, so when my dad died in 1958 at seventy-four, and it was pretty hard. When I was young in 1966, I was earning seventy-five cents an hour and that was good money back then. It's just unbelievable the things that you thought of buying when that money came in. For once everyone said "Wow! We get new shoes!" because up until then nobody had any, really of their own. Nobody had a bed of their own. It was something. I remember when the lawyers came down and they had a pow-wow out at Pala Indian Reservation and I remember the Indians being there, I can't remember how I got there but I remember being there and I remember the Indians that were there. And I remember being very frightened for the lawyers. Because these Indians were not happy. Not happy at all. They were in their regalia and they came from all the tribes. I remember that sticking out so much in my memory as a child.
Text: ‚On the struggle to achieve Federal tribal recognition‚
It doesn't affect me really because I think before it's all figured out, I'll be dead and gone. I'm 76 years old, I don't foresee too long without dementia, so I think it's going to be something for my son or his children. And it's sad. I can understand it, quite frankly. They give us money, they give us the number. We'll all have numbers. They give us our numbers and they give us the money and now we have to be recognized, but who did they give the money to? If we are unrecognized, who did they give it to? Did the government give it to the air? They had to give it to somebody. And we all had to show our ancestry, we all had to have our papers done. I don't see what the big deal is now. What do they have to prove? They said that they had to prove blood quality. Well what part of my body would be Acjachemen?
And then we have two tribes, two people. Why? Like my father said, "we are all related anyway." What difference does it make?