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Earth Day Event a Mix of Fun Activities, History

San Diego Union Tribune (San Diego, CA) , April 14, 2007


Cathleen Chilcote's ancestors helped build Mission San Luis Rey more than 200 years ago. Chilcote, a Luiseño Indian, is coming back to the mission tomorrow to tell American Indian stories as part of North County's Earth Day Celebration.

The storytelling will be among dozens of programs highlighting the history of the mission and the importance of taking care of the Earth. Chilcote and her brother Chaz, both members of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, will tell traditional animal stories to the music of American Indian flute played by Chilcote's son, Brandon.

“We have to keep telling the stories so we preserve our history and customs,” Chilcote said. “It tells people the Indians didn't just disappear. We're still here.

“Native Americans were loving keepers of the Earth, so it's fitting to share their stories for Earth Day.”

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