Temecula observes Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day

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People gather at Temecula City Hall for the annual celebration of the locally known holiday of Pu'éska Mountain Day, Nov. 15. Every year on Nov. 15, the city of Temecula reaffirms the proclamation for that day to be known as Pu'éska Mountain Day to celebrate the day in 2012 when the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians announced the purchase of the mountain to save it from being mined for its granite rock. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The city of Temecula observed Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day Monday, Nov. 15, with a special event reflecting on the ways in which the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Temecula’s first citizens, shaped the community’s character and heritage. The event was held at sunset on the steps of City Hall for a short ceremony featuring Proclamation recital of the city’s proclamation, originally drafted in 2012 by both Temecula and tribal councils that affirmed Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day as a city holiday and shares the Pu’éska Mountain story that bonded the two communities. Inside the conference center, food and drinks were served and a viewing of “The Mountain that Weeps,” a documentary by Brad Munoa, a member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, highlighting the m
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