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


Due to the holidays,
the Kumeyaay- Ipai Interpretive Center
will be closed through January 13.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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.

Bob Emery

Dedication of the
Robert C. Emery Memorial Ramada
at KIIC November 16

Robert C Emery Memorial Ramada dedication ceremony

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Upcoming Events!

Watercolor painting class

Watercolor/Sketching Class
(Plein Air Art Form)

Join us in capturing the beauty of Poway's authentic Native American site in watercolor and pencil! Artists of every skill level are welcome to experience creating en plein air (“in the open air”). Pick a painting or sketching spot around the site to inspire you! Instructors will be there to provide supplies and to teach some basic skills for both forms.

March 31, 2018         
Cost:        $5

Register at poway.org/classes beginning Nov. 14, 2017

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

See photos of our
basketry class

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


© 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. Mail your donation to P.O. Box 724, Poway Ca 92074-0724. Thank you!