Episode 1 – Robert Smith

Eric Ortega May 18, 2024

Episode 1 – Robert Smith

Pala Life: Past and Present
In this episode I look at the words to “Tuk Ma Chi” (Silent Night). Tuk ma chi yax yax wene (Silent Night [Holy Night]), Peta’ema chexyaxwe (All is calm [All is bright]), Nawishmali pe ve’aw. Pulyinish Ichaa pe mi’aw (Round yon virgin [Mother and Child], Holy Infant so tender and mild), Kuu’pa ma yaxyaxwe, Kuu’pa ma yaxyaxwe (Sleep in Heavenly peace, Sleep in Heavenly peace). There is a BirdSong “Kusaanem Chiip”, by Paul Miranda. Finish up with an interview with Chairman Robert Smith on sovereignty.

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Eric Ortega
Pala Tribal member Eric Ortega lives on the Pala Indian Reservation with his wife and children. He is very involved with the culture, history and the education of the local community. His show “Pala Life: Past and Present” has won awards from the San Diego Press Club.

Pala Life: Past and Present” is the show where you can hear about the history of Pala Through The Eyes of the people who have lived here. Eric Ortega also produces “Songs of the Southwest” which showcases local Native American traditional songs from Southern California Arizona and Nevada.


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