Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive center Poway, CA

Welcome to the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center

A local Native American cultural and historical site located in Poway, CA


Closed for the month of September, 2016
due to Poway Days

The Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai (Poway) is a five acre site rich in the local history of the Kumeyaay-Ipai Indian tribes. Follow the trails past ramadas, interpretive signage, native gardens and a replica of an 'ewaa (native Kumeyaay house). Morteros (grinding stones ) left by the original Kumeyaay inhabitants still remain on this historic site. Also visit the new Education Center to view artifacts and other interesting historical items and photos.

Docent-led tours for the public are held on the second Saturday of the month between 10:00 a.m. until 1 pm.

Docent led school tours are available Thursdays and Fridays, between 9 and noon. For more information visit http://poway.org/372/Tours

The City of Poway began acquiring the various parcels which comprise the Center beginning in 1987 to preserve the site as a significant American Indian cultural site. The Friends of the Kumeyaay, the San Pasqual Band of Indians, and the City of Poway have worked together to develop a vision for the property and to develop a replica Kumeyaay village.

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Fourteen Images from North America Photo © Lawrence Baca

KIIC and the SDRAA are pleased to announce an exhibit of Rock Art photographs by the noted photographer Lawrence Baca (Pawnee). His images show rock art that is 300-500 years old from the site of Three Rivers Petroglyph site, Three Rivers, New Mexico. Included are images of the ruins of Hovenweep National Monument on the Utah/Colorado border. The images carved by the Jornada Mogollon artists are all etched in volcanic rock.

When photographing rock art, Lawrence believes that he must speak to the images and ask permission of the spirits they represent before making photographs from them. At Hovenweep he asked the ghosts of those who had lived there and those who had constructed the towers for permission to make photographs.

The photographs, which are for sale, will be available for the next three months.

Upcoming Events

Check back for details
on new classes:
Flint knapping, pottery, photography, rock art, basketry

Become a volunteer docent at the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center!
More information

See photos of our
basketry class


© Friends of the Kumeyaay Friends of the Kumeyaay is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible.