Episode 28 – Paul Miranda

Eric Ortega May 18, 2024

Episode 28 – Paul Miranda

Pala Life: Past and Present
Rosenda Nolasquez tells the first part of the stories about leaving Warner’s Hot Springs. The recording is not the best. It is one of the first recordings that she did. You can follow along in the book “Mulu Wetam”. It starts on page 42. She tells of the journey to the Pala Indian Reservation. She also talks about going by train to Sherman and then taking a second train that was different than the first train. She says they called it a streetcar. That is where she learned English. Listen to the story as she tells it in the beautiful language of Pa’enaxily (Cupeño Language).

The show starts out with a song from the Inter-tribal Bird-singers. I recorded this song at Bernyce Ponchetti’s 99th Birthday Party.

The last part of the show is a conversation with Paul Miranda. We discuss his journey into the Peon Game. How he started out and how he ended up running the games the Cupa Days Fiesta and the Pala Pow Wow.

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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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